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'Hospital grade' vs. regular power receptacles

Posted by doofus (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 22, 09 at 14:22


I thought, the "hospital-grade" (usually -- orange-colored) receptacles provide some kind of additional protection for the connected equipment.

However, my electrician is unaware of the actual benefits of paying 2.5 times more for it...

What's the expert advice -- would installing such a thing add some protection for fancy home electronics, or is it completely useless? For example, even if it is not helping against power-surges, perhaps, it filters noise?

Thanks! Yours,


Here is a link that might be useful: 20 Amp Hospital grade receptacle

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RE: 'Hospital grade' vs. regular power receptacles

There's no electronics in Hubbell or Pass & Seymour hospital grade receptacles. They are just built a lot sturdier. They can't have plugs slip out or fail when an electrical device is keeping someone alive. Unless you have too much money, don't bother.

RE: 'Hospital grade' vs. regular power receptacles

Nor Cooper. Primarily it's a UL thing and plug retention and the sturdiness are the primary difference.

Makes it harder to "pull the plug" on grandma :)

RE: 'Hospital grade' vs. regular power receptacles

Red (Orange) outlets are isolated ground and most likely are not beneficial in a residential setting with NM (non-metallic wire ie. romex).

Hospital grade outlets have a better grip on the plug and are designed for more plug/unplug cycles and come in various colors.

For a LOT less $ you can get a spec. grade outlet and put that saved $ into a whole house surge suppreser, that will protect (limited) your devices.

The link you provided does not list the brand but the price is very low, typically a quality hospital grade iso-ground outlet from the better manufacturers (Hubbell, P&S) run closer to $20+/each.

RE: 'Hospital grade' vs. regular power receptacles

Hospital grade, among other things, is made from materials that tolerate both chemical abuse and physical abuse. The body may be polycarbonate plastic and the electrical parts may be phosphor bronze. F-18 canopies are polycarbonate and phosphor bronze is used to resist seawater corrosion. The green dot identifies hospital grade electrical products.

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