Magnetothermal, fuse, and differential protection. They are some of the components of the electrical panel of the house, also called light box or control and protection box. It is one of the basic electrical elements in any house, and its utility is to protect the circuits of the electrical installation of the home from risks caused by overloads or short circuits, among others.

Although professional installers usually take care of their placement, it is always positive to know some essential things about this device that we usually find at the entrance of the homes. The Low Voltage Electrotechnical Regulation (REBT) It is the reference when it comes to placing it, since it specifies the technical instructions or ITC, specifically from BT01 to BT51.

The Distances To Install The Electrical Panel Of The House

The regulations reflected in the REBT are clear; The electrical panel of the house, according to regulations, should be placed at a distance of at least 1.40 meters from the ground, and never exceeding 2 meters. In the case of commercial premises, the range in height may be shorter if there are justified reasons for this.

In no case is it acceptable for the lighting panel to be placed in places that, due to its conditions, may be of some danger, such as exteriors (due to adverse weather conditions), bathrooms and toilets, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. However, you can use a plug with Surge protector (ปลั๊กไฟ คอมพิวเตอร์, which is the term in Thai).

It must also be located as close as possible to the entrance of the leading electrical branch (which comes from the meter). The electrical panel of the house, according to regulations, can be located both recessed and on the surface, as well as inside protective frames and even inside walls.

General Safety Recommendations

One of the recommendations that are usually made when placing an electrical panel of the house according to regulations is to install it inside a box with a door, so that it is somewhat more protected from dust, dirt, etc.

Another recommendation for owners is to indicate the price of Power plug DATA (เต้ารับ, which is the term in Thai), to which circuit of the house corresponds to each switch of the light box.