As new trends in electrical technology emerge, contractors will see their residential and commercial customers paying more attention to the type of receptacles installed in their home or facility as it is no longer just decora or duplex. As more electronic devices enter the home and office, USB receptacles will become a standard upgrade—or possibly the standard.
While many consumers may associate USB cables with smartphones, the potential for USB receptacles is growing beyond charging these mobile devices because more consumers are demanding a universal power connection. With regular power leads, consumers may be struggling to find the right orientation to plug in their devices as well as where to turn for USB plugins.
USB plugins are an appealing choice because more gadgets are designed to charge via a universal power socket that has the potential to eventually network electronic devices together with the correct hardware, according to Extreme Tech. Contractors may have to change how they approach energy management because USB receptacles and plugins could soon replace proprietary power connectors.
How USB Technology May Impact Residential and Commercial Consumer Needs
As an alternative to standard plugs and sockets, consumers can use USB plugins for regular USBs and micro USBs to plug in their electronics.
With technological changes that are expected to take place in the near future, many proprietary power connectors for devices commonly found on desks and under TVs will be replaced with intelligent USB connectors. Not only will more devices adapt to USBs, cables themselves will become more advanced and increase their power capacity to charge personal electronics faster.
Commercial building operators who are striving to achieve green building certification are also likely to boost their demand for USB plugins. This solution to maximize LEED and energy design can feature a USB port door to enable power when opened and close when power is not needed, giving users full control of their energy management and enabling them to achieve a zero no load draw.
While USB cables are currently limited to how much power they can provide, this is anticipated to improve alongside technology which could possibly allow enough charge for even the hungriest of gadgets.
As USB technology progresses, contractors are likely to see increasing demand for retrofit projects to use USB charging for mobile devices as well as USB-powered fans, lights and other products.
Contractors need to be able to provide an easy way for users to charge their devices. To help customers make the transition toward using USB plugins and increase installations for your business, contractors could work with a company that will help them understand new products and the details behind technology like USB-related devices.
Consider partnering with a distributor that is knowledgeable about the latest energy management trends and helps you understand how they can impact your business.