18th Edition Consumer Unit: What You Need To Know

The 18th edition of the consumer unit was released in July 2018 and is now mandatory for all new installations. This article will provide you with an overview of what you need to know about the 18th edition consumer unit. We will cover the fundamental changes, what you need to do to comply with the new regulations, and some of the benefits of upgrading to the 18th edition consumer unit. The main changes include:

A new type of circuit breaker

This new 18th edition consumer unit will include a new circuit breaker called an RCD. This is a safety device that can be used to protect you and your family from electric shock by cutting off the power if a fault occurs in the electrics, such as an earth fault or short circuit. Although this is not required, we recommend that all 18th edition consumer units have at least one of these installed as they are very effective at preventing electrical fires caused by overloads on circuits due to the excessive current flowing through them, which causes overheating of wires insulation material, leading eventually lead to a fire starting somewhere along their length;

A new type of fuse

The 18th Edition Consumer Unit also has what’s known as ‘tripping speeds’ set out in its 18th Edition Consumer Unit User Guide. These are the times taken for a fuse to trip when there is an overload on its circuit, which can range from less than one second right up to 20 seconds depending upon how heavy-duty or light duty they’re designed; this makes them ideal protection devices against fire hazards caused by overloading circuits because of their ability to cut off electricity supply almost instantly if necessary!

The use of tamper-resistant sockets

Another feature of the 18th Edition Consumer Unit is that it allows for the use of tamper-resistant sockets. These sockets have a shutter mechanism that helps prevent young children from inserting objects into them and receiving an electric shock. They’re a great safety addition, particularly if you have small children or pets in your home.

RCD protection

The 18th Edition Consumer Unit also offers RCD (Residual Current Device) protection on all its circuits. This is an important safety feature that helps to protect against electric shocks by automatically cutting off the electricity supply when there’s a fault. It’s worth noting that not all consumer units offer this level of protection, so if it’s important to you, be sure to check before you buy.

To conclude, the 18th Edition Consumer Unit is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an up-to-date and safe unit for their home. It offers a range of features that make it ideal for any property, from single-occupancy homes to larger houses with multiple occupants. So if you’re in the market for a new consumer unit, be sure to consider the 18th edition as your best option.

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