Have you ever wondered what those metal boxes attached to the side of your home or business are? They're called meter sockets and play a crucial role in delivering electricity to your building.
Meter sockets are an essential electrical system component, but many people don't know what they are or how they work. They are responsible for measuring the amount of electricity that your home uses and sending that information to your utility company for billing purposes.
Understanding meter sockets is important for homeowners and business owners alike. Whether you need to replace a faulty meter socket or want to upgrade your electrical system, it's essential to have a basic understanding of what they are and how they work. In this article, we'll take a closer look at meter sockets and their importance in the electrical system.
What is a Meter Socket?
A meter socket is an electrical component that is typically attached to the side of a house or building. It serves as the point where the utility company’s meters and other equipment are connected to the building’s electrical system. Meter sockets are typically found near the main service panel, providing a safe and secure connection between the main power source and the meter or other electrical equipment.
Meter sockets are typically made from metal, but some are also made from plastic or composite materials. They come in different sizes and shapes depending on the type of meter being used, but all meter sockets have a few basic components:
- An inlet – This is where the power line enters the socket
- An outlet – This is where the power line exits the socket
Meter sockets, also known as meter bases, come in various shapes and sizes. The most common types are the ring and ringless.
Ring Meter Socket
A Ring Meter Socket is a type of meter socket that features an inlet and outlet. The inlet and outlet are both connected to a metal ring, which acts as a seal and helps protect the wiring inside the socket from damage. Because they feature a metal ring, they are sometimes called “ring sockets” or “ring boxes.” Ring meter sockets are typically used in residential settings and are designed for use with single-phase meters.
Ringless Meter Socket
A Ringless Meter Socket is similar to a ring meter socket but without the metal ring. Instead, the inlet and outlet are connected directly to the socket body. They have no openings or slots for wires to pass through. This socket type is often used in commercial or industrial settings and is designed for use with three-phase meters.
Milbank Meter Sockets
Milbank provides a wide range of single-position, residential, self-contained meter sockets, along with instrument-rated meter sockets. Bay Power is an authorized dealer for Milbank meter sockets and can supply everything you need for various applications, from a single-family residence to a large industrial facility.
Milbank has set the standard for quality since 1927. Hundreds of configurations are available, including many sizes, knockout configurations, terminal configurations, bypass options, hubs, locks, and connectors. Milbank has the socket you need with thousands of active products to meet your utility’s requirements.
Milbank remains a family-owned company rooted in innovation and committed to growth. Today, Milbank products can be found in every corner of the United States and in 36 countries worldwide. With three American manufacturing facilities, several regional warehouses, and over 4,000 distributors, Milbank is well-equipped to meet customer needs head-on and provide solutions in a rapidly evolving world.
Need a Meter Socket?
Bay Power has hundreds of Meter Socket configurations available, including many sizes, knockout configurations, terminal configurations, hubs, locks, and connectors. Browse popular Milbank Meter Socket configurations in our online catalog or contact our sales team to provide your requirements.