Preparing, installing, and implementing a holiday program will require a basic understanding of a few electrical terms. You may find the electrical work overwhelming, especially if you’ve never dealt with it before. Here is a brief overview of amps, volts, and watts.

One easy way for understanding these terms is to think of them like water flowing through a hose. So, let’s turn on the water and get started.

Amps, Volts, and Watts

  • Amps- Amps are the measure of how much electricity is flowing through an electrical line. You can compare amps to the amount of water running through the hose.
  • Volts- Volts are measures of electricity. They measure the force of electricity flowing through an electrical line. Volts can be comparable to the pressure of the water that is flowing through the hose. In the U.S., most devices use 120 volts of electricity, but large appliances like dryers may use more than 120 volts.
  • Watts- Usually, you measure power in watts. Watts are the result of multiplying amps and volts together to get the working capacity of the electricity.

Expert tip- High powered appliances are usually specified in kilowatts.

Review the packaging of your appliances. You should discover a label or panel which indicates the voltage supply, frequency, wattage, and possibly current. Understanding these basic electric terms will ensure that you are using the proper outlets and outputs for your decor program.