Standardisation through sockets

A slightly unexpected piece which was at or near the top of the ‘most viewed’ list was this piece on plug sockets – which in fact is a neat case study in standardisation and why it can be difficult to achieve.

But the author’s hope for standardised light fittings in British homes is unlikely to be met.  Not only are there too many legacy systems (bayonet fittings that have been there for decades) but many of us have a few non-standard fittings around, acquired over the years, for which we can still get bulbs.  And even if the bulbs for these aren’t as energy efficient as the latest bulbs for standard Edison screw fittings, it still makes sense both in terms of cost and environmental impact to continue using the fittings that we’ve got.

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