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How an Electrical Panel / Electrical Distribution Box Works

(Last Updated On: September 3, 2018)

Before you delve into the main topic, first know that an electrical panel is also called a distribution board (DB) box. Secondly, they are often located in a cupboard inside HDB flats.

Most homeowners usually don’t make it a point to familiarise themselves with how an electrical panel works, but it is important to know such things especially in the case of power failures and other electrical problems. Knowing about how a DB box in Singapore works will surely be beneficial to you as a homeowner one way or another.

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What Is An Electrical Panel?

As mentioned earlier, an electrical panel is also called an electrical distribution board (DB) box. However, you can also find some people referring to it as a breaker box. For those who are unaware, it is an enclosed steel box that basically houses various circuit breakers and other electrical components maintaining the power supply in your home. The circuit breaker is there to protect the electrical wiring of your home from short circuits or electrical surges that can eventually lead to a power failure when tripped. Each electrical switch box inherently comes with an electrical capacity load for handling specific usage requirements. In case you decide to increase the load capacity, then you should add some more breaker box to balance the rest already present in the electrical panel.

Where Does Power Come From?

Current or electricity flows into your house via different supply lines that are all connected to the electrical meter box. The amount of electricity used each month is then tracked by the electric board. The supply lines are then linked to the distribution board. With this, electricity is controlled at the distribution board by a series of circuit breakers that eventually distributes power to your home.

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How An Electrical Panel Keeps You Safe And Secured?

When it comes to any kind of electrical work, whether it’s installation, repair, and replacement, one should always make their safety and security the top priority. Your home’s electrical system should follow the standard requirements set up for housing estates in Singapore. For instance, the circuit breaker trips should be able to shut down the power supply during electrical problems like overloading in order to prevent fires. Additionally, wall outlets located in moist areas like kitchen and bathrooms should have ground fault circuit interrupters to effectively protect residents from electrical shocks by shutting down the electrical supply.

More About Electrical Panels

Apart from the circuit breaker, there are other types of electrical components and parts also present in an electrical panel. Some of these are switches, fuse links, bus bar, bypass equipment, as well as a residual current detector. A bypass equipment is considered to be an effective combination of special protection components that properly protect electrical connections from electrical problems like power overloading, short circuits, etc. On the other hand, the residual current detector is there to offer proper protection against ground fault shocks and fire.

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The technical and structural characteristics of an electrical panel are likely to vary depending on various factors. However, these devices are generally manufactured to perfectly match specifications and requirements of particular regulations. It simply indicates the size, types, and the number of breakers along with other necessary parts installed in the electrical panel, all depending on the standard requirements of each country.  With this, adding some new components or replacing old ones that are not approved is more likely to pose a dangerous threat to the safety of anyone handling the electrical panel. Moreover, it also puts the safety of the rest of the people in the house in danger.

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To ensure a high level of safety and optimal performance of the electrical panel in commercial and residential buildings, hire a professional and certified electrician to carry out the work.

At Daylight Electrician Singapore, we promise to deliver only genuine and quality electrical services as seen from our positive reviews and previous electrical projects. Contact us now by calling +65 6653 6261 or email us at enquiry@daylightelectrician.com to speak to our friendly customer service staff.

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