Your Specialty Receptacles Experts

Businesses depend on a wide range of office equipment and industrial machinery. Apartment complexes use a variety of appliances and electronics. Each of these devices needs an electrical outlet, or receptacle, a spot where it can be plugged in. The outlets must be conveniently located and capable of the load demanded of them.


As a property manager, your job is to make sure your tenants have the type of outlets they need, where they need them. While many types of equipment do fine with the standard duplex receptacle, others need a 240-volt unit, a GFCI receptacle, childproof receptacle, or one that meets the particular requirements of the appliance and the business.

Types of Specialty Receptacles:

Here is a look at 11 of the most common specialty receptacles used in commercial buildings and housing units.

Duplex wall outlet: Also referred to as a 120-volt receptacle, this is the most common type used in homes and businesses. But even these conventional units can be customized. For specific needs, you might want to connect the upper and lower sockets together, have the upper and lower sections powered by different breakers, or have a wall switch control one of the sockets.

GFCI outlet: Short for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, GFCI outlets are protected from the elements. That makes them the perfect choice for power tools, lawn equipment, holiday lighting, and fountains.

240-volt receptacles: Also called 3- or 4-prong receptacles, these units are made for all types of equipment and appliances requiring 240-volts of power. In apartments, this would include the washers, dryers, and electric ranges. For commercial spaces, it would include refrigeration, laboratory equipment, and power tools.

Tamper-resistant outlets: Also called childproof outlets, these are essential in residences with small children. They stop curious fingers from suffering shocks or burns. They are usually installed in bedrooms, game rooms, and nurseries.

Floor outlets: These units make it simple to plug in office equipment, lamps, and electronics. They remove the need for laying cords across offices and hallways, a common hazard in offices without enough outlets. The result is tenants tripping and falling.

Rotating outlets: Because these units rotate, they work well for bulky power plugs, cords, and adapters.

Recessed outlets: These units are installed so they are flush with the wall. You can hide plugs behind computers, screens, and artwork.

2-duplex receptacles: These outlets let you plug in several devices at one time so you don’t need to use multi-plug extensions.

Combination switch and receptacle: If space is limited, this combination unit lets you put both switches and the outlet in one spot.

Landscape receptacle post: For the areas on the exterior of your properties, you can mount a landscape receptacle post for convenience and freedom of movement without long extension cords. They work well for power tools, landscape lighting, and water features.

G&C, Your Source for Functional Electrical Solutions

Confused about what types of specialty receptacles you need in your commercial space or housing complex? G&C Construction and Electrical has been helping property managers like you figure out their specific needs for over two decades. The company is solution-driven, drawing on over 75 years of combined experience.

For more information about specialty receptacles and to get your questions answered, call the electrical experts at G&C today.