Let's study how the electric circuit looks like in our homes
First, Electric Power is Generated by Electric Power Stations
They supply Electricity to Our Homes through
Electric Wires Reach our home through Main Supply.
They are of two types
Live Wire - It is of red color insulation. It is called live wire (or positive)
Neutral Wire - It is of black color insulation. It is called neutral wire (or negative)
Note : Potential Difference between Live and Neutral wires is 220 Volts
These wires pass into electricity meter through a Main Fuse or an MCB
From Main switch, they are connected to lines wire in the house
These wires supply electricity to different circuits
This how a Domestic Electric Circuit, i.e. a circuit in our homes looks like
Normally 2 circuits are used
15 Amperes Current Rating Circuit
These are used for appliances having higher load like electric iron, geyser
5 Amperes Current Rating Circuit
These are used for appliances having less load like Tubelight, TV etc
Different Sockets in a Switch
There are normally 3 sockets in a switch
These are for connecting 3 wires
- Live Wire - It is of red color
- Neutral Wire - It is of black color
- Earth Wire - It is of green color
What is Earth Wire? Why it is used?
Earth wire is a third type of wire in our electric circuit, it doesn't carry any electricity,
One end of earth wire is buried in the earth and other end is connected to the metal casing of electrical appliances by using three pin plug.
If by chance, live wire touches any metal case parts of appliances then current passes directly to earth.
Hence, earth wire is used to prevent people from getting electric shocks
This wire has green color insulation
What is Overloading?
If too many electrical appliances are used simultaneously (together)
Or too many electrical appliances are connected to the same socket
they draw extremely large current from circuit
Due to this, the wires may get overheated and fire may start
This is called overloading
What is Short Circuit?
When live wire and neutral wire comes in direct contact with each other
they cause short circuit
This happens if insulation of both wires get torned
Current flows through wire without much resistance
Due to high current passing through wire,wire may get heated up and may catch fire
How to Prevent Short Circuit?
It is prevented by using fuse
What is Fuse? Why it is used?
A fuse is a device which is used in a circuit
to prevent damage to the appliances and the circuit due to overloading.
It stops the flow of unduly high electric current.
Nowadays, MCB (Miniature Circuit Board) is used in place of fuse
If current becomes too large, MCB puts off a switch breaking off power supply
These can be switched on again and reused
Difference between MCB and Fuse
|It is a older technology||It is a new technology|
|it cannot be reused||This can be reused|
|It is now not used||It is used in homes|
|It works on principle of heating effect of electric current||It works on principle of Magnetic effect of electric current|
NCERT Question 5 - At the time of short circuit, the current in the circuit
- reduces substantially.
- does not change.
- increases heavily.
- vary continuously.
NCERT Question 6 (d) - State whether the following statements are true or false.
A wire with a green insulation is usually the live wire of an electric supply.
NCERT Question 17 - When does an electric short circuit occur?
NCERT Question 18 - What is the function of an earth wire? Why is it necessary to earth metallic appliances?
This video provides a good understanding of how Domestic electric circuit works