In a modern home, every day we use electricity to power the appliances we need to get our day going. From coffee machines to microwaves none of these would function without electricity in some shape or form. But we simply appreciate this technology and never think about the “messenger” that helps power these devices. We’re talking about the electrical socket of course! 

Electrical sockets are simply there to supply power to your devices but did you know that they can be as varied as the devices in your home? We’ll be exploring the power of electrical sockets. 

Electrical Sockets and Their History

Every home has a number of these electrical messengers. They are strategically placed around your home to give you the best comfort when it comes to plugging in your appliances. But despite being a silent afterthought of anyone looking to charge their phone, these devices actually have their own colorful history.

The man responsible for the first patented electrical socket was an electrician named Harvey Hubbel. It was patented as far back as 1904 forty years after the first light bulb. This marked the first time that electricity could be safely used in a common household. Before electrical sockets were used, most electrical devices were hard wired into a power source. Not only was it extremely inconvenient but also dangerous. A short circuit could easily happen if the polarities of the device were not aligned properly.

Electrical Sockets In Your Home

In the modern age, sockets litter your home to make it as convenient as possible to use your devices. They are incredibly important in any modern setting as without electrical sockets you’d never be able to power any of your devices. Today’s sockets are also far more advanced than the first  ever socket back in 1904. They have several built in safety measures that can easily keep you safe from accidentally shocking yourself.

Polarized Sockets

Many of today’s sockets are polarized. You’ll know a polarized socket when you see that one of it’s slots is a size from the other slot. The larger socket is called a neutral line which diverts excess power to the ground. These sockets are far safer than normal variants as the second larger socket leads to the ground, helping prevent accidents.


Some modern sockets have not just two sockets but a third one that has a different shape from the other two. This is called the grounding and it keeps you and any connected device safe from accidents. It does this by making sure that if a short circuit happens in the socket, it immediately trips up the circuit breaker and stopping the flow of electricity.

Electricity is a miracle of the modern age that’s helped humanity reach new heights both figuratively and literally. It’s used in most if not all our modern devices and even our vehicles. We can contact family from across the globe, soar in the skies, and dive to the deepest oceans all because of the spark of electricity. But none of these would be safely possible without a great device called the electrical socket.