Electrical Gang Boxes are simple enclosures that affix different switchboard accessories such as switches, socket, regulator, indicator, etc. onto it. In simple terms, they are used to “Gang Up” different switchboard accessories onto the box, where the name “Gang Box” comes from.
They are available in different sizes such as 1-way, 2-way, 3-way, and so forth based on the number of switches and socket can be placed in a given box.
For example, a 1-way gang box can only accommodate one 1-way accessory, while a 2-way gang box can accommodate two look-alike 1-way accessories (1-way switch) or two different 1-way accessories (1-way switch / 1-way indicator) or one 2-way accessory (2 way socket).
For wiring purposes, they have provision for batten and conduit wire ducting. Press Fit’s Nano Gang Boxes also offer breakable slides that can be used to convert 1-way cutouts into 2-way cutouts depending on the application needs.
If you are still not sure what size of gang box you need. Here is a simple example to clear your confusion once and for all:
Let’s say you want to make a single power outlet that can be used to power various electrical devices such as a charger, blow dryer, lightnings, etc. So your requirement will be of a switch and a socket.
In general, one-way switches and 2-way sockets are used in all electrical installations because they offer better ergonomic value and higher flexibility with regards to different types of plug tops that can be connected.
For the given application requirement, a 3-way gang box will be needed to make the required electrical employment possible.