Smarter Safer and Faster Home Wiring Devices from Hubbell

With the proliferation of lighting and and advanced electronics 
throughout the home, Hubbell has come out with new wiring devices 
designed for today’s tech-heavy home lifestyle. <br><br>Hubbell’s new 
Pop-up Countertop Receptacles, for instance, are the first UL-listed 
water resistant pop-up receptacles for countertop applications and 
permanent installations Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems

James R. Dukart

With the proliferation of lighting and and advanced electronics throughout the home, Hubbell has come out with new wiring devices designed for today’s tech-heavy home lifestyle.

Hubbell’s new Pop-up Countertop Receptacles, for instance, are the first UL-listed water resistant pop-up receptacles for countertop applications and permanent installations. The devices are listed to be water resistant to up to a half gallon of water spilled on the device, and comply with NEC 406.5[E] for countertops, 406.5[F] for work surfaces and 406.5[H] for seating areas.

Combined with the receptacles’ UL 498 Section 146 certification for water resistance, the surface or flush-mounted devices are available in any of seven different finishes, feature patent-pending silicon gaskets and patented cam action tamper-resistant technology.

The push-down pop-up function is rate for a minimum of 10,000 open-close cycles and the product comes permanent-installation ready, suitable for MC cable or non-metallic sheath cable.

Hubbell Marketing Director Vic Flagello cites a kitchen-island countertop as a perfect location for Hubbell’s new Pop-up Countertop Receptacle, offering both convenience and safety features. “The countertop receptacle not only gives you convenience of placement, but also safety by minimizing cord hazards in the kitchen while maintaining water resistance,” Flagello says.

In a similar move behind the kitchen (or other) walls, Hubbell has also introduced new XCLAMP duplex receptacle external clamping.

XCLAMP eliminates the need to loop wire, offering an external back-wire clamp for fast and easy installation of 15A & 20A branch circuits in residential applications. The product’s compression plates maximize holding power, allowing contractors or builders to terminate up to 8 #12 or #14 AWG wires. XCLAMP includes break-off tabs for switched receptacle applications and its tamper-resistant shutter complies with NEC.

“With more 20 amp and 12-gauge wiring being used in the home, this is an upgrade for electrical quality terminations making it more secure and faster for the contractor,” Flagello says.


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