All That You Need to Know About Distribution Boards
  • by Havells India
  • April 11, 2018
  • Switchgear

All That You Need to Know About Distribution Boards (DB)

A distribution board, also called panel board, breaker panel or electrical panel, is an important constituent of an electricity supply system. A DB enables distribution of electrical power supply into different circuits, while providing a circuit breaker or a protective fuse for each circuit in the same enclosure. In simple terms, the main distribution board is the point where the main supply cable enters and is then subsequently distributed to the breakers and from there to all the circuits, or switch boards.


A power distribution board generally houses the main switch, circuit breakers, bus bars, earth leakage unit, bypass equipment and other switches as well. All these together help to safeguard the electrical distribution system along with connected electrical equipment from getting damaged due to various faults, such as, short circuits, overload, earth leakage, etc. The structural and technical characteristics of the electrical distribution boards may differ according to the specifications in a particular country.


These days, distribution boards are available in various types, like, surface mounted, flush mounted, with single-door and double-door options, in horizontal and vertical layout, and with door as well as see-through plastic covers or doors, and in different sizes which are determined by the number of circuits (companies generally describe as number of ways or modules) rewired within the board. For the best performance, efficiency and safety in any building, it is advisable to consult a professional while getting a DB installed.


More often than not, distribution boards are installed in out-of-the-way locations, or hidden areas, like under the stairs, in the garage or basement, mainly due to their unattractiveness, and perhaps for security reasons. However, it is important to give due attention to the location before installing a distribution board. The place allocated for distribution board installation must be properly ventilated so that to avoid overheating of the consumer unit, and must be promptly accessible to switch off the mains in case of short circuits, or fire.


When we talk about aesthetics, with the ever evolving technology, distribution boards have also progressed in terms of style and designing, though their primary role of effective distribution of power remains the same. Now there is no need to hide them behind that box or keep them out of sight, seeing that distribution boards are nowadays available in a number of artistic designs engineered to perfection using high-end technology.

Havells offers a range of meticulously crafted distribution boards in many colors, finishes, and designs to blend perfectly with the modern interiors of your space. Built in accordance with the industry standards, Havells distribution boards are made from high-quality material featuring perfect amalgamation of aesthetics and functionality. Havells, with safety and ease-of-use at its topmost concern, has designed these designer distribution boards to meet all your functional and aesthetic requirements. So, now without any hesitation, install one in your living room and let your guests be envious of your new possession!

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