Wire outlets in series or parallel? - DoItYourself Nov 20, 2008Electrically, almost everything is wired in parallel. However, cable routing is usually done in series. To avoid confusion, we often use the term daisy chained instead of series. The opposite of a daisy chain is sometimes called octopus wiring or a star configuration. Electrical Circuit Basis: Series vs. Parallel Circuits A Practical Use for Series Wiring. But should the GFCI "trip," the downstream receptacles will also lose power under this wiring configuration. This section of the circuit, then, is an example of wiring in series, since the failure of the GFCI leads to failure of the receptacles located downstream.
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