120VAC vs 240 VAC

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azbtr

Joined Jun 6, 2007
1
Hello,

Does anybody know why 240 VAC is the standard in much of Europe, and yet 120 VAC is standard for "most" appliances in the United States?

I'm interested in any input...

Thanks...

Brent
 

bloguetronica

Joined Apr 27, 2007
1,372
Maybe because 230VAC allows the use of thinner wiring, and 115VAC demands the wires to be ticker for appliances of the same wattage. But I don't know the details.
 

rampart

Joined May 30, 2007
25
Why do the US and the Britain have different English spellings, dialects, and pronunciations? is another question that surpasses my understanding. I think all this is due to the past differences and hostilities between the two. DO you agree? Any input.
Though not related to the nature of this forum, my question is not altogether irrelevant to the thread, I think.
Thanks,Fahad
 

Gadget

Joined Jan 10, 2006
614
I think a lot of it stems from adopting new technology early in the development of that technology. 230v @ 50 hz was adopted by most of Europe, Asia, and Australasia as one of the least problematical, with lower cost distribution.

TV standards were similar. When colour was developed US customers pushing for colour ment that the standard used was far from perfected when it was implimented so they were stuck with a 525 line system with colour issues that required manual correction using Tint controls... this is refered to in the US as NTSC (national Television Standards commision)... or more frequently... Never The Same Colour.
By the time the rest of the world was ready for colour, 2 x main 625 line systems had corrected NTSC's shortcomings (SECAM and PAL) with better definition and automatic colour correction.
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
14,393
Why do the US and the Britain have different English spellings, dialects, and pronunciations? is another question that surpasses my understanding. I think all this is due to the past differences and hostilities between the two. DO you agree? Any input.
Though not related to the nature of this forum, my question is not altogether irrelevant to the thread, I think.
Thanks,Fahad
I think isolation, difficulty of travel, and other cultural influences had more to do with linguistic differences at least in the 19th century. It has been almost two centuries since the last hostilities between the US and the UK. In the 20th century, you may remeber, that it was England and America that stood alone in the world against the Axis. If not for that deep cultural bond you might be speaking German today.

Sometimes the first design choice is not necessarily the best choice.
 

bloguetronica

Joined Apr 27, 2007
1,372
Why do the US and the Britain have different English spellings, dialects, and pronunciations? is another question that surpasses my understanding. I think all this is due to the past differences and hostilities between the two. DO you agree? Any input.
Though not related to the nature of this forum, my question is not altogether irrelevant to the thread, I think.
Thanks,Fahad
Why not? Two different countries, with different traditions...I think that is reason enought for me.
 

ggsudani

Joined Feb 22, 2008
2
If we use 120v instead of 240 than current will be double. becoz power rated remein same. For distribution of 115v electricity low loss cable is required. That is costly. But for daily use of 115v is gives low socks to user compare to 230v.
 
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