Whether you're in the process of an electrical overhaul or wanting to freshen up some of your sockets, it can be overwhelming knowing what to choose, and what is best suited for your setup.

We explore the key considerations to take into account when choosing the right sockets for your home.

What Sockets Do I Need For A TV?

There are lots of different types and variations when it comes to TV sockets for a TV which all serve different purposes.

Coaxial Sockets

A coaxial socket is the most common TV socket for those with a traditional aerial setup. This type of outlet is most common for TV aerial connections, but is also commonly used for FM radio.

F Connector

An F connector module is used for a more secure connection to TV and satellite points. An F wall socket is the screw on threaded type connection that you will find on the rear of your satellite receiver. F type sockets are almost exclusively used for satellite plugs & connections. Such as for your Sky & Freesat boxes and DAB radio. 

Master or Slave Telephone Socket?

A master telephone socket is a necessary fixture for any home where you need an active telephone line. As the name suggests, this is a master telephone socket and it can replace the BT master in a home.

A slave telephone socket is only required if you need secondary telephone sockets in different locations in your house. You still need a master socket for the main line, and the additional locations should use a slave socket.

Traditional or USB Socket?

When it comes to the main plug sockets, a lot of it does come down to personal preference whether you opt for traditional or USB plug sockets.

USB sockets offer style and practicality. The additional ports for charging expand the amount you can charge at one time, from one area.

It can make a charging area look much more streamlined when in use. USB sockets become particularly handy in rooms where there is limited space for sockets. They're great for offices, kitchens and living rooms.

Brushed Chrome and White Double Socket
Brushed Chrome and White Double Socket

13A or 5Amp sockets?

13a sockets are the most common plug sockets for the home. These feature 3 holes, for regular UK plugs and come in one or two gang.

5amp sockets feature three round holes and do not fit regular UK electrical plugs. 5 amp sockets are used on the lighting circuit. This means they are switched on and off with the light switches in the room, rather than being used like regular plug sockets. They are designed for appliances that take less than a 5 amp current. For example, floor lamps, table lamps and fans.

Armed with everything you need to know before taking that next step, take a look at our full range of sockets for your next purchase.