Electrical floor boxes have been around for quite some time. Have you ever been inside of a hotel lobby, waiting room, or business office, and noticed the electrical outlets on the floor? Maybe you have recently visited a friend who happened to have a pop-up outlet in their kitchen island. Floor boxes have become an affordable household luxury that were once only available for commercial use. In this article, we will cover the types of floor boxes, where you can purchase them (along with a 15% off Coupon Code), the general requirements for installation, and frequently asked questions.
Types of Floor Boxes
The most common type of floor boxes come with coin open covers. Over the years new additions have been made such as “Pop-Up Lid Floor Boxes”, “Sliding Cover Floor Boxes”, and “Flip Lid Floor Boxes”.
Floor box covers can be made from different materials such as: plastic, stainless steel, brass, nickel plated brass, bronze, rubber, and even gold covers for those extra fancy homes. Covers are made to hold a standard 15A grounded three prong receptacle outlets. Alternative power options are also available. With the growing usage of floor boxes, new innovations have been added such as RJ45 network data-ports, and USB charger outlets.
As you’ve probably guessed, Top Greener Inc. is a leading manufacturer of electrical floor boxes and carries a wide selection of floor box styles. You can purchase units by clicking this link to the Top Greener Inc. Amazon Store, and save 15% off your order by using the following coupon code.
COUPON CODE: TGFLOORB (Expires 10/15/2017)
What do I Need to Install a Floor Box?
Each Top Greener floor box kits comes with a hard metal cover that is moisture-proof, gasket seal(s), pre-galvanized junction box with knockouts for wiring, screws, and hardware installation instructions. You will also need tools to complete installation. Here’s a list of those typically required:
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Cordless drill
- Drill bit set
- Needle-nose pliers
- Non-contact voltage tester
- Utility knife (Not required but helpful)
- Voltage tester
- Wire stripper/cutter
- Wood chisel (Not required but helpful)
Hardware & Materials
- Floor Box Assembly
- Electrical cable
- Wire connectors
- Plastic cable clamps (Not Required but helpful)
- Plastic staples (Not Required but helpful)
By now I’m sure you’re ready to upgrade your home or business with a floor box. Before you do, here are some frequently asked questions and things to consider when purchasing a floor box.
- Can I install a floor box as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself Project)? If you have worked with electrical wiring, and installation before then installing a floor box is a home project that could be accomplished by an unlicensed individual; however, it is strongly recommended to consult with a qualified electrician when installing a floor box.
- Are floor boxes safe to install in my home? Yes, floor boxes made by Top Greener are NEC (National Electrical Code) compliant.
- What wiring support is required for installing a floor box? For a safe installation, the HOT, NEUTRAL, and GROUND wires are required.
- Where can I install my floor box? The most popular locations to place a floor box are kitchen countertops, living rooms, studies, dens, meeting /conference rooms, waiting rooms, classrooms, and hotel rooms. Our floor boxes are designed for raised foundation and countertop installations, but not for installation in concrete.
- Is there enough space on my kitchen counter for a floor box? The average kitchen counter has more than enough room for a 4.6” x 4.6” x 4.25” pop-up floor box.
- What type of floor box do I need? Consider the room you will be placing your floor box in, and the amount of activity in it. A study room with a desk in the center could use a single outlet receptacle floor box. If you have a home office you could install a combination data port and power outlet floor box for networking and power options.
- How high is the lid from the surface of the floor, and can you vacuum over it? Floor box lids range between .16” to .25”. The lay flush with the ground, and you can vacuum over them.
- Are the outlets interchangeable with standard outlets? Some floor box units allow for customization. Others have prebuilt outlets that cannot be removed. Please contact us if you need a customized floor box.
- What type of maintenance is needed? Floor boxes do not require any maintenance as they can be installed on an open floor.
- Are floor box covers waterproof? Our floor box covers are water resistant. As with all electrical wiring devices, boxes, and covers, all precautions must be followed to prevent electrical shock.