Getting light switches and outlets from abroad?

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Hi guys, I am new to this forum and would greatly appreciate your help! Currently, my family and I are considering getting some new Panasonic and Schneider (a French brand) electrical light switches and outlets from Taiwan, and would like to know if it will be compatible with the existing wires in our house. Our house is located in the bay area and was built in the early 80s. I personally know the distributor of Panasonic and Schneider in Taiwan and would be able to get these parts for a great price.

As far as I know, both Taiwan and the U.S. have the same voltage (110V) but I am not sure about the electrical configurations and standards.

These are the identical light switches and outlets that we plan to buy:

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https://24h.pchome.com.tw/prod/DEACC...6G?q=/S/DEACCJ
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https://24h.pchome.com.tw/prod/DEAC0...DP?q=/S/DEAC0Q

Again, thank you for your help!
 
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Old 03-05-17, 02:09 PM
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As far as I know, both Taiwan and the U.S. have the same voltage (110V)
U.S. is 120. So long as they are approved by an approved national testing laboratory such as UL that should be okay.
 
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U.S. is 120. So long as they are approved by an approved national testing laboratory such as UL that should be okay.
Hi, thank you for your timely reply! As you have mentioned - since the U.S. is 120V, do you think light switches and outlets designed for 110V would be compatible with 120V wires? Or, do we need to purchase a voltage converter of some sort?
 
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The Schneider light switches is AC 125V 15A, wile the Panasonic light switches is 15A 110V AC
 
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I'm on the fence. I'm not impressed with the construction I see. I like HD solid wiring mounting methods..... not push in type terminals.

I couldn't find any listing on them.....especially UL.
I take functionality over form. I'd pass on them.

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110 volts is within 10% of 120 volts so would be fine. Voltage rating in any event normally exceeds the operating volts. The key here is if they are UL or other NTL listed for use in the U.S.

Edit: Agree with Pete on the connections on the receptacles.
 
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I'm on the fence. I'm not impressed with the construction I see. I like HD solid wiring mounting methods..... not push in type terminals.

I couldn't find any listing on them.....especially UL.
I take functionality over form. I'd pass on them.
Thank you and Ray for taking the time to respond to my question. On a second thought, I guess it doesn't make sense to take this risk and have a potential issue with the insurance company down the road some day.
 
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