2 Duplex Outlets

What is a 2 duplex outlet?

While standard duplex outlets feature two outlets under a cover plate held on by one screw, 2 duplex outlets feature four outlets under the same cover plate, held on by two screws. This configuration allows for up to four oversized plugs in close proximity.

Why do I need a 2 duplex outlet?

Having multiple outlets offers you the convenience of four outlets in one electrical box, so you can plug in more things at a time in areas of your home that, electricity wise, see high traffic. The 2 duplex outlets are used in areas such as:

  • Home Offices: Home offices are dense with electrical appliances – computers, printers, internet, phone, and more -- making outlet space at a premium here. The 2 duplex outlets offer a simple, convenient solution without power bars and wires getting in the way.
  • Entertainment Centers: Televisions, DVD players, video game consoles, streaming devices, and more all compete for outlets in this area. For flat screen televisions, a recessed outlet may also be used.
  • Aquariums: Power heaters, filter, lighting and more into a single receptacle. GFCI outlets will be needed here for safety.

Installation of 2 Duplex Outlets

There are two different ways to wire in 2 duplex outlets:

  • Split Duplex or Split Wired Receptacle: With this type of installation, two separate receptacles are installed in one location (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 alternative wires one 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.

To ensure the proper installation and use of your 2 duplex outlets, such as installing 2 duplex outlets with GFCI’s in areas exposed to water such as kitchens and baths, contact the professionals at Mr. Electric®. We are here with convenient solutions to all of your electrical needs.