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hkboxster

02:00AM | 06/13/02
Member Since: 06/12/02
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Bvelectrical
I have seen in many hotels outlets in the bathroom that support 110V and 220V. I would like to install these outlets in the my home. Do you know where and how I can get the parts for the electrian to install in my home.

rpxlpx

04:13AM | 06/13/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Suggest looking in the phone book for an electrical supply company in your area.

On second thought, an electrician probably knows where to get them himself.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 13, 2002).]

electricmanscott

04:26PM | 06/14/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Ive never seen such a thing. I would be interested to see if they exist.

Lawrence

08:16PM | 06/16/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Those hotel outlets are specifically made for the hotel industry because foreign travelers have appliances (shavers, hairdryers) that run on higher voltage. All American appliances must by law run on 110 volts, not 220 volts. Only fixed-location, high-amp appliances such as central air conditioners, stoves, water heaters, etc. can run on 220 volts. The outlets to which you refer would probably violate Code if used outside of those specialty Hotel circumstances, and are irrelevant to everyone except hosts of foreigners. Thus, they are not generally available to the public.

Indeed, I suspect that even most hotels cannot even use them due to the risk that someone will inadvertantly plug an 110v appliance into them when the outlet (or a plug in the outlet) is switched to 220 volts. (The plugs do have different shapes to prevent it from happening, but it is still possible). I have only seen the multi-voltage outlets in Europe where the voltage gets steeped down for American appliances or (in Britain) for shavers (many electric shavers in Britain run on 110v due to the customary proximity to water, so they have U.S.-style plug outlets near the bathroom mirror). It would be more dangerous to have multi-voltage outlets in a country like ours where the voltage could be stepped up accidentally.

If you still really, really want one because you frequently have foreign visitors, you would best look for hotel suppliers in a foreign country such as Great Britain (or wherever your frequent foreign visitors come from). If so, you would also need to specially wire those outlets all the way from the breaker to the outlet. It is not just a matter of hooking them up to the existing wiring. It is a big deal, not just a easy and nifty alternative.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited June 17, 2002).]

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