Common Electrical Terms

At Dipple in Greenville, we always want our customers to understand the issues their electrical systems are having, and the solutions we're going to use to fix them. The better a person understands what's gone wrong with their lights or wiring, the faster they can contact us and the faster we can provide the necessary repairs. As electricians, we want people to be safe around outlets, wires, and the like, and in this blog, we're going to cover some common electrical terms to hopefully help you and others better understand the power of electricity.

Basic Terms to Know

There are a few basic electrical terms everyone should be familiar with:

  • Amp - The amperage of an electrical fixture is the measurement of the flow rate of electricity. If you think of it as water flowing through a hose, the amperage is the volume of water moving through the hose.
  • Conductor - A conductor is the internal material that allows electricity to flow through a wire. Copper is perhaps the most common conductor, while silver conducts electricity more efficiently (but is more expensive).
  • Current - This is the rate at which electrical energy flows through a wire, measured in amps.
  • Ground - A ground is the connection between an electrical device and the earth. The ground provides a reference voltage for the electrical system.
  • Lumen - A lumen is a measurement of light output by a bulb or other source. With new lighting technology, such as LED bulbs, lumens are now perhaps more important than watts.
  • Voltage - The voltage of any fixture is the "push" that's forcing the electricity through the wire. Going back to the water flowing through the hose, a volt is the "pressure" pushing the water forward.
  • Watt - A watt is a unit of power that's found by multiplying the voltage by the amperage. It's defined as one joule per second, and wattage is how much power the fixture uses.

If you have questions about these terms, electricity in general, or something in your house isn't working right, contact Dipple today. It doesn't matter if it's an outdoor fixture, a light switch, or an appliance - our experienced electricians can handle it. We can run new wiring, change out faulty fuses, and make sure everything is properly grounded. Above all, we want you and your family to be safe from the risk of electrical shock or an electrical fire.