There’s no denying the power of electricity that lies all around us. From air conditioners to cell phones, you can’t escape it! Nature even gives off its own source of electricity that we recognize. Thunderstorms are a part of that natural electrical element. But what is electricity and is it all the same? Here are some answers to that somewhat complicated question.
From Nature to Home
Electricity can take on many forms, from powering on our electronics to that striking lightning bolt in the sky. Electricity flows through lit up LEDs and communication devices all over the world. It’s a flow of electric charge that contains hundreds of chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen among others, created by atoms. They are invisible to the naked eye, and full of microscopic elements. But where there is fascination, there is also danger that comes with electricity. When electricity is created, it can escape and become a free electron that moves about, discharged where necessary. This is where electricity comes in. These flowing charges are positive or negative, hence what you see when you put the battery in your television remote controller or in a toy for your child. These charges require carriers such as these electronic devices in order to make them active.
Exploring the Different Kinds of Electricity
The two kinds of electricity are what makes electricity differ. These two forms are important to understand in order to identify the relevant forms of electricity you are dealing with. Current electricity is much more common as it works with electronics whereas static electricity builds up on material, for example, when rubbing two balloons together.
If there are opposite charges on the objects that are separated by an insulator that’s where static electricity comes in. The static or “at rest” electricity occurs only when two groups of the opposite charge find a path within each other and balance themselves. A static discharge occurs when the charges find means of equalizing. The attraction between the charges become so great that it can flow through insulators such as glass, plastic and more when they are activated. Depending on where the electrical charge is coming from, these static discharges can be hazardous when traveling from surface to surface.
Current electricity makes up the electronic charge and remains dynamic because they were always moving. This is one of the most basic forms of electricity you will probably encounter. Circuits are a form of current electricity that is a consistent loop of conductive material. These circuits container of mix of wire and other components that instigate the flow of electricity and cannot work when gaps are formed.
It’s important to know and understand the types of electricity you deal with on a daily basis. More importantly, you need an electrician who understands the ins and outs of electricity and who can offer efficient energy service. My Electrician has served Vero Beach, The Palm Beaches, and The Treasure Coast for over 20 years. Each electrician is licensed and certified to maintenance your electrical needs 24/7. From repair and troubleshooting to upgrades and more, you can trust their experienced team to meet your home or business electrical needs. Contact them any time for more info today!