When selecting electrical boxes for use in a residential setting, it's important to choose the right type and size to ensure safe and proper installation. There are several different types of boxes available, each suited for different applications. There are many factors to consider when choosing electrical boxes for residential use. The most important considerations are size, and material. In this article, we'll take a look at the most common types of electrical boxes and explain when each is appropriate. We'll also discuss box sizing and provide some tips for choosing the right box for your project. Read on to learn more!

Lets first talk about the material of the electrical box. The three most common materials are polycarbonate, fiberglass, and metal. While each has its own benefits, the most important factor to consider is the electrical code for your area. In some instances, only certain materials are allowed. For example, in some areas metal electrical boxes must be used for all outdoor applications. Be sure to check with your local electrical code before even starting your project. With that said, let's take a closer look at each type of electrical box material.

Polycarbonate: Polycarbonate electrical boxes are made from a durable plastic material. They are well suited for both indoor and outdoor use. Polycarbonate boxes are also UV resistant, making them ideal for outdoor applications. They are typically the most affordable type of electrical box. Polycarbonate electrical boxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit any need. They are aesthetically pleasing and easy to customize.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass electrical boxes are made from a strong, lightweight material. They can also be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Fiberglass electrical boxes are a good choice for areas where corrosion is a concern, as they are resistant to rust and corrosion. What makes Fiberglass electrical boxes unique is that they can be used in both wet and dry locations. They are also impact resistant, making them ideal for high traffic areas. Even harsh chemicals or powerful solvents will not damage fiberglass electrical boxes.

Metal: Metal electrical boxes are made from either aluminum or steel. They are the strongest type of electrical box and can withstand the harshest conditions. Generally Aluminum electrical boxes are used for indoor applications while steel electrical boxes are used for outdoor applications. Aluminum however offers superior corrosion resistance making it a good choice for both indoor and outdoor use. Metal electrical boxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit any need. Metal electrical boxes are also the most expensive type of electrical box.

Now that we've talked about the different types of electrical boxes, let's discuss box size. Size is an important factor to consider when choosing electrical boxes. Electrical boxes come in a variety of sizes, ranging from small junction boxes to large gang boxes. The electrical box should be large enough to accommodate all of the electrical wires and devices that will be installed in it. If the electrical box is too small, it could cause a fire hazard. If the electrical box is too large, it could make the electrical wiring installation more difficult. It is always best to err on the side of caution and choose a larger electrical box.

In summary, there are many factors to consider when choosing electrical boxes. The most important considerations are size, material, and electrical code. Be sure to check with your local electrical code before starting your project to ensure you are using the correct type of electrical box. When in doubt, choose a larger electrical box. This will help to avoid any potential problems down the road. Thanks for reading!

Author's Bio: 

Ted Mosbii is a professional electrician with over 10 years of experience. He has worked on a variety of electrical projects, both big and small. Ted is an expert in electrical code and is always up to date on the latest changes. When it comes to electrical boxes, Ted knows everything there is to know. He is passionate about his work and enjoys helping others learn about electrical safety. In his free time, Ted enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.