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#15604 - 10/23/02 04:28 PM Device grades  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
When did commercial, specification, residential, hospital-grade/green dot devices make their appearance?

Were devices graded in any other way prior to this for different anticipated usage?

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#15605 - 10/23/02 04:46 PM Re: Device grades  
spyder  Offline
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I am not sure when the classifications came to be. But I can tell you that I find using commercial grade recptacles over spec grade to be worth the extra money.

#15606 - 10/23/02 05:20 PM Re: Device grades  
SvenNYC  Offline
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New York City
Isn't commercial and spec. grade. the same?

I thought the noticable difference is between "residential" grade (the cheap, easily cracked devices in the 89 cent bins at the big orange store) and spec. grade and above.

I avoid residential grade devices like the plague, especially Leviton-branded ones.

#15607 - 10/23/02 06:01 PM Re: Device grades  
JBD  Offline
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There are no industry definitions of phrases like spec-grade , residential, or commercial. (Hospital grade is defined though.) There are some features we have come to expect in different grades but it is still judgemental.

These are simply marketing terms for expensive, cheap, and something in between.

In fact Hubbell calls most of their straight blade receptacles "specification grade".
HBL5262 - Heavy duty, Specification Grade
HBL5252 - Compact, Heavy Duty, Specification Grade
CR5252 - Heavy duty, Specification Grade, Construction and Commercial Series.

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#15608 - 10/23/02 06:16 PM Re: Device grades  
spyder  Offline
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I think your right about the definitions. Manufacturers have different terms for the grade difference in devices. I personally use a lot of Leviton devices, so I guess I was saying that I prefer the CR-15 (commercial specification grade) to the 5320 (residential grade).

#15609 - 10/24/02 01:38 AM Re: Device grades  
Trumpy  Offline

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Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
What exactly are we talking about, here?
Devices, Green Dots?, please expand. [Linked Image]

#15610 - 10/24/02 01:56 PM Re: Device grades  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
Thanks guys. I can't say I really noticed the different names used by various manufacturers == I'll have to take a closer look in my Graybar catalog and compare Hubbell, Leviton, etc.

We're talking about the grade, or quality specification which American receptacles and switches are sold under. Hospital grade recepts. are the highest quality, and are marked with a green dot on the face.

Correct me if I'm wrong folks, but don't hospital-grade devices have to meet certain criteria for minimum tension on the contacts after X insertions/withdrawals?

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