In France, I've found that light bulbs hanging by their
conductors from the ceiling to be somewhat common in
residences. I'm not talking about hanging from the cable,
but dangling from the individual two circuit conductors. I
don't think the NEC would permit this. Does anyone know if
France's code does?
Is there a color scheme for wires in France? I've noticed
that the conductor wires seem to be many different colors,
Also does France require ground fault circuit interruptors
in bathrooms and similar wet locations? I never noticed
any in new construction, but didn't inspect the circuit
interruptor panels to see if they were there.
France uses a male ground connector on wall sockets, instead
of female like the mains. Does anyone know why? This has
the effect of making it impossible for an appliance to not
plug into an outlet without the ground connector.
Another item with sockets: there is no plug polarization,
unless the ground connector (pin) is present in the outlet,
and is used. Do switches in lamps and appliances in France
shut off both connectors?
Smoke detectors do not appear to be a requirement either, or
if it is, not too much attention is paid.
18 years ago