Definition of consumer unit in English:

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consumer unit

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An apparatus in the electrical supply at the point it enters a domestic property, which contains devices such as a switch and circuit-breakers.
Example sentences
  • Of course - always take care when messing with the electric in your house - always switch off the mains supply at the consumer unit or fusebox - and never mix plaid and stripes, even when you're doing little jobs around the house.
  • We've put recessed storage in the walls, laid wooden floors, put in a new consumer unit for the electrics and installed halogen lights.
  • Most electricians will fit a split load consumer unit so that only the power circuits are protected by an RCD.

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