While standard duplex outlets feature two outlets on a cover plate held on by one screw, two-duplex outlets feature four outlets on the same cover plate, held on by two screws. This configuration allows for up to four oversized plugs in close proximity.
Two-duplex outlets are also referred to as quad outlets or four-plug outlets.
Why Do I Need a 2 Duplex Outlet?
Having a quad outlet installed offers you the convenience of four outlets in one spot. This allows you to plug in more devices at a time in one area of your home.
The two-duplex outlets are used in areas such as:
- Home Offices
Home offices are dense with electrical devices – computers, printers, routers, phone chargers, and more – making outlet space precious. Installing two-duplex outlets is a simple, convenient solution without power strips and wires getting in the way.
- Entertainment Centers
Televisions, sound systems, video game consoles, streaming devices, and more all compete for outlets in your living area. For flat screen televisions, a recessed quad outlet is a great all-around solution.
Plug heaters, filters, lighting, and more into a single four-plug outlet. GFCI outlets are also a must for safety.
Installation of Two-Duplex Outlets
There are two ways to wire in two-duplex outlets:
- Split Duplex or Split Wired Receptacle
With this type of installation, two separate receptacles are installed in one location; this configuration is called a double gang box. Each receptacle has its own power source and is wired into a separate breaker. This type of wiring allows heavier use of electricity for areas such as the kitchen where larger appliances may overload the circuit. For this type of installation, however, the correct wiring must be in place, or it will have to be added to your home and electrical box.
- Quad Receptacle
This method wires one four-plug receptacle into a single gang box, replacing a single-duplex outlet. You will need a bit more clearance with quad receptacles, as they do not mount flush to the wall. You should also check with your electrician to ensure that this type of installation will be sufficient for the appliances you plan to plug into this receptacle, as it is not made for the heavier use of a split-wired receptacle.
Proper installation is key for your two-duplex outlets. For expert two-duplex outlet installation, contact the professionals at your local Mr. Electric®. Schedule an appointment online or call us today.