A simple electrical circuit contains four parts: a power source, a load, connectors and a switch. The power source provides energy for the electricity to travel along the circuits and the load is the device that the circuit is designed to power.Continue Reading
The power source for a circuit can be either a battery or an electrical outlet in a house, depending on the voltage requirements. Its job is to provide energy to the electrons, allowing them to move throughout the circuit. The wires, made of copper or aluminum, transfer electrical current efficiently so it loses minimal energy. The load is any device that draws power, such as a simple light bulb. The switch is a device that can open or close the circuit without having to disconnect wires from any component. A closed circuit has all wires connected and able to transfer electricity, but an open circuit is the opposite.
More than one appliance can be placed on the circuit, but if the switch opens it, no appliance gets power. Note that this is for a series circuit; a parallel circuit has multiple wires and switches that allow loads to be turned on and off independently. A simple series circuit is mainly used to illustrate basic concepts of electricity.Learn more about Electricity
A switch works by interrupting current flow around an electrical circuit. A basic switch is a binary device: it is either open (off) or closed (on). The simplest type of switch is one that comprises two metal strips that are brought into contact by a spring or some other form of actuating mechanism.Full Answer >
There are three possible ways to wire a switch and receptacle combination: the switch can be connected as a circuit breaker for the receptacle. The switch also can be wired to control a device either by sharing the hot wire connection with the receptacle or from separate hot wires.Full Answer >
A Direct Current to Alternating Current inverter circuit generates a sinusoidal flow of charged electronics at a designated frequency to power electronics. This type of circuit is often use to convert power transmission methods to connect AC devices to DC power sources.Full Answer >
Main electrical panel wiring refers to the wiring diagram of a main electrical panel, which houses the electrical power from the electric meter and circuit breakers. The main wiring usually consists of two thick black wires that comes from the utility company via the electric meter: the main circuit breaker and an earth-grounding wire. The grounding wire connects to a solid copper rod driven into the soil below the panel.Full Answer >