Circuit breakers, tucked away in their distinctive metal enclosure inserted inconspicuously on the wall, typically in basements or beyond the labyrinth of pipe and machinery-filled gray cement corridors, have not always been held in high regard, despite their highly important function. However, they are part of a highly lucrative and growing multibillion-dollar market, and the increasing popularity of smart circuit breakers has the market poised to grow exponentially.

What is the Difference Between Regular Circuit Breakers and Smart Circuit Breakers?

An electromechanical device, the regular circuit breaker essentially has one primary function—to regulate the flow of electricity to the various circuits in a home or building. A single switch can serve just one circuit, or many, depending upon the amount of power required for particular circuits.

Smart circuit breakers pretty much serve the same purpose—but deliver a few extras that regular circuit breakers don’t. Smart circuit breakers can also function as meters, and can also work wirelessly via your Wi-Fi to provide you with power consumption information for each circuit in your home.

The Role of Circuit Breakers in a Large Commercial Space

It’s simple math, really—bigger buildings=a bigger electrical load=more electrical equipment, possibly including switchgear or multiple transformers.

The circuit breakers role in a large commercial space is extremely important because, with such vast amounts of power consumption at numerous levels throughout the building, it is vitally important that power is regulated efficiently—typically, each floor of a commercial building will also have its own electric closet to service that zone.

As you can imagine, circuit breakers utilized in commercial buildings are designed to handle a much greater electrical capacity. Likewise, they are also designed to automatically break the electrical circuit in case of an overload, preventing electrical fire or other related damage.