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Electrical Fuses

Fuses protect circuits from overcurrent and prevent hazards such as fires and equipment damage. By melting or "blowing" when the current exceeds safe levels, fuses interrupt the flow of electricity. This is why fuses are essential in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installations. LiveWire Electrical Supply carries a range of fuses, including fast-acting, time-delay, and specialty fuses from Bussmann, Littelfuse, and Mersen, for various applications and operational demands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what size fuse I need?

To determine the size of a fuse you need, you should consider the electrical circuit’s current requirements and the device or equipment you’re protecting. The best way to find the right size of fuse for your job is to:
Identify the circuit’s maximum current (in amps) by checking the device’s specifications.
Choose a fuse with a current rating slightly higher than the circuit’s maximum current to avoid frequent trips. This is known as the fuse’s “amp rating.”
Ensure the fuse’s voltage rating matches or exceeds the circuit’s voltage.
If you’re uncertain, refer to the device’s documentation for guidance.

What is the life expectancy of a fuse?

Fuses generally do not have a specific “life expectancy” in terms of years. Instead, they are designed to operate reliably until they are subjected to excessive current, which causes them to blow (i.e., open the circuit) and need replacement. The life expectancy of a fuse depends on factors like how frequently it’s subjected to overcurrent conditions and the quality of the fuse. High-quality fuses can withstand more cycles of overcurrent before failing.

How do you tell if a fuse is worn out?

To check if a fuse is worn out or blown, you can follow these steps:
Visually inspect the fuse: Look for a break in the wire inside the fuse. If the wire is intact, the fuse is likely not blown.
Use a multimeter: Set the multimeter to the continuity or resistance setting. Place the test probes on each end of the fuse. If the meter reads low resistance or beeps, the fuse is good; if it reads infinite resistance, the fuse is blown.
Replacement: If you suspect a fuse is blown, replace it with a new one of the same amp rating and voltage. Make sure to disconnect power from the circuit before replacing the fuse.
Remember that fuses are safety devices, and if you’re unsure about their condition or replacement, it’s always a good idea to consult a qualified electrician to ensure the safety of your electrical system.

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