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#6315 - 12/31/01 10:30 AM 110v or 120v
Mike Shn Offline

Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 26
Loc: New York
What is voltage supply in USA ,,,,, 110 or 120v? I've seen both .. Wiich one is correct?

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#6316 - 12/31/01 10:48 AM Re: 110v or 120v
Elzappr Offline

Registered: 12/20/01
Posts: 273
Loc: Oregon
120 volt.

#6317 - 12/31/01 11:09 AM Re: 110v or 120v
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
See Section 220-2 in the National Electrical Code, we have others voltages that we use in the US.
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#6318 - 12/31/01 11:13 AM Re: 110v or 120v
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I've seen a lot of material which quotes 117V, saying that it's the average nominal voltage across the U.S. That's mostly older books though. ??

#6319 - 12/31/01 12:05 PM Re: 110v or 120v
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

Some others may say 115 and some devices and appliances say they're rated @ 125v. They are all really talking about the same thing. Actual voltage at different locations I've seen vary from 110 to 125 so Paul's 117 average makes sense.

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#6320 - 12/31/01 03:09 PM Re: 110v or 120v
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
As far as I'm concerned we have:
However, I was once told that supply voltages has slowly been boosted over the years. I don't know if it's true, but it could explain some old motors with 440 volt ratings. Also, some older equipment seems to have 110 or 220 on the nameplates.
And let's not forget that pesky 460 rating. Where in the world did that come from?

How about it old timers? (older-than-me timers)

Anyone here use 575?

#6321 - 12/31/01 04:20 PM Re: 110v or 120v
The Watt Doctor Offline

Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
My vote goes to Elzappr, Joe, and Redsy. Article 220-2 for calcutations. Notice "Voltage (of a circuit)", and "Voltage, Nominal" in article 100, and I would also have a look at Article 110-4. Nominal voltages are just as Redsy says.
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#6322 - 12/31/01 06:34 PM Re: 110v or 120v
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
Another example can be found in Article 430, Table 430.150

The voltages listed are rated motor voltages. The currents listed shall be permitted for system voltage ranges of 110 to 120, 220 to 240, 440 to 480, and 550 to 600 volts.
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#6323 - 12/31/01 06:56 PM Re: 110v or 120v
frank Offline

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 373
Loc: windsor ontario canada
In Canada we use 575v motors with a nominal supply of 600. The way i understand single phase residential voltage is as follows.we have 240v coming from the pole with a maximum allowable 5 volt drop for the entire service.110,115,220,230 etc is the equipment name plate voltage rating.when installing equipment the supply must be within 10% of this name plate rating.

#6324 - 01/01/02 09:32 PM Re: 110v or 120v
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2342
Loc: West Virginia
We have 122 to 123 volts TRMS per leg on average here... I've seen as high as 127, and never lower than 118, unless major voltage drop due to distance/current/wire size is occurring, which I try to avoid.

120V light bulbs are short lived here.
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