About Leviton OBC AFCI Receptacles

As a market leader in electrical wiring devices, Leviton has introduced an OBC AFCI Blank Receptacle which addresses the dangers associated with both types of potentially hazardous arcing – parallel and series arcing. Similar to GFCIs, AFCI receptacles provide feed-through protection and are able to detect downstream parallel and series arc-faults, as well as upstream series arc-faults. Utilizing an AFCI receptacle offers homeowners the benefit of localized Test and Reset, providing a convenient option to AFCI breakers.


The Difference between AFCI and GFCI outlets

AFCIs and GFCIs are both important devices to incorporate into a home’s electrical system. It is important to recognize, however, that although they are similar in appearance they offer very different protection. The AFCI blank receptacle is designed to provide protection from electrical fires that could result from arc-faults, whereas the GFCI receptacle protects people from potentially hazardous shocks and electrocution. Additionally, GFCI receptacles are required in wet or damp locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms and garages. AFCI receptacles are often required in family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets and hallways.