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.
[This message has been edited by JBD (edited 10-23-2002).]
JBD, 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).
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.
Trumpy, 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?