Why Do We Have The Same Bathroom Plug Sockets As Europe?

24 April 2018, 16:13

Razor plugs
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Mystery Hour Question

Why do we share two pronged razor sockets with Europe, but not regular plugs? Erin, Hendon

Name: Gary, Wolthamstow

Qualification: Electrical Engineer


They’re not actually the same.

There is an isolated transformer in the UK sockets which stops the socket from accessing the mains.

Engineers install it in bathrooms to prevent electric shocks killing you.

Since a two pronged plug socket is more expensive and consumes more electrical current, they are only installed in bathrooms.