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Old 11-14-2010, 01:13 PM   #1
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Which of these three common manufacturers do you think is the better product in the line of standard receptacles, GFCI outlets, residential decora devices.


I personally prefer Cooper or P&S. Leviton is poor quality but not as poor as these Chinese knock off Decora outlets my customer purchased at the Hardware store.

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:19 PM   #2
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I always use Leviton.. they have been based here on Long Island for many years and their tech support guys have English as a first language.

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We've used P&S for about 15 years now.


I installed a customer provided GFCI recep last week (Leviton?) and it had a green LED on all the time. It bothered the customer so I came back and installed a P&S which has the more logical, red if tripped.

I like that the P&S decors style switches have side wire, tab terminals. I wish everything had them, including the grounds.

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I always use Leviton.. they have been based here on Long Island for many years and their tech support guys have English as a first language.
You use tech support for receps and switches? You should call and ask them if the ground goes up or down.
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My beef with leviton SP and decora 3 way......12 wire will often cause switch to either stay on or not go on at all when in a tight box, figuired the device might be queer.
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You use tech support for receps and switches? You should call and ask them if the ground goes up or down.


The answer to the OP is a matter of opinion with no right or wrong answer. I use P&S but mainly because it's what my supplier carries.
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P&S whenever possible
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I always use Leviton their quality has really improved in resent years.

I agree about the gfci and the LED light on 24/7 it should only go on when triped.
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Green light is supposed to indicate... Safe For Use
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I always use Leviton their quality has really improved in resent years.

I agree about the gfci and the LED light on 24/7 it should only go on when triped.
My customers like the green light.. shows the GFI is working when they test it once a year..
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Hubbell would be my first choice, P&S is what I usually use.
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P&S have an odd front on the receptacles. Also P&S have "top" stamped on the yoke, to me that is a manufactures instruction and means only ground up.
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Green light is supposed to indicate... Safe For Use
Green means GO, red means STOP!
I don't care what LED color code they use, but I wish they would agree on a universal color!

My normal supplier carries mostly Leviton, but P&S GFIs and Bryant 20 amp & twist lock stuff. (and Lutron dimmers) Don't like 20 amp switches that aren't framed...looks cheesy to me. I especially hate when I see a framed and unframed switch under same plate.

I've never had to call tech support for installing a device either!
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P&S all day long.

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I always use Leviton their quality has really improved in resent years......
Well, when you make nothing but absolute junk, you can only make it better, not worse.
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Green means GO, red means STOP!
I don't care what LED color code they use, but I wish they would agree on a universal color!

My normal supplier carries mostly Leviton, but P&S GFIs and Bryant 20 amp & twist lock stuff. (and Lutron dimmers) Don't like 20 amp switches that aren't framed...looks cheesy to me. I especially hate when I see a framed and unframed switch under same plate.

I've never had to call tech support for installing a device either!
Framed? I see those and know they used the least expensive cut rate devices they could buy. It makes me wonder what other corners were cut that I can't see. I don't do residential but use spec grade in my own home.
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Framed? I see those and know they used the least expensive cut rate devices they could buy. It makes me wonder what other corners were cut that I can't see. I don't do residential but use spec grade in my own home.
I can't stand how they look. Leviton makes framed 20A switches. Pretty sure they are spec grade. I'll have to check. I guess you say tomato, I say tomato!....wait, that doesn't work in type!
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I've also had problems with , "one time" use from leviton GFI smart lok. Seems that many trip and never reset, completely dry locations. I had a bad batch of Cooper GFCI this Spring.
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I can't stand how they look. Leviton makes framed 20A switches. Pretty sure they are spec grade. I'll have to check. I guess you say tomato, I say tomato!....wait, that doesn't work in type!


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Hubbell when they can afford it.
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P&S.

It would be hard to argue that their cover plates aren't the best on the market at the moment.
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I used to use Leviton for resi and Hubbell for ind/comm because that's what was available at my supply house. I changed supply houses a few years ago and have been using P&S for everything since then. Every manufacturer has their low-end crap line like $.40 duplex recepts but I don't use them.

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