An electrical appliance is powered by electrical power equipment for private or commercial use. With the help of electricity can thus be done one or more tasks. The devices are powered directly from the mains supply with energy, are equipped portable units with batteries or have batteries. Electrical appliances are electrical consumers.

Distinction between

Electrical appliances for domestic use in the narrow sense are electrical appliances that are distinct from most commercial devices or machines. However, a clear distinction is at least some product groups, for example, DIY tools, difficult. Even privately used equipment for outdoor use (see garden equipment ) do not belong to the household appliances.

Appliances for domestic use

For devices for personal use, especially household appliances for the kitchen area, (about fridge) and small appliances distinguished (eg toaster) between large equipment. The division into white goods ( household chores such as cooking, washing), brown goods ( consumer electronics) and Red Ware (heaters ) is deprecated in everyday language, is to be found, however, often in the common language of industry, (individual) trade, waste management companies and occasionally in Statistics. These terms are derived from the housing color white emails, brown laminated wood and the red radiation from the heating coils from. In Austria more: white goods, brown goods, Rotware.

Technological developments

Several manufacturers have developed techniques for remote control electric devices, such as by data transfer via the mains ( Powerline). Siemens offers serve @ Home, Liebherr Net @ home and Miele Miele @ home there products. In Switzerland, one finds ZUG-Home of the V- train AG.

The underlying technology is usually a standard such as Local Operating Network or KNX ( EIB successor, BatiBus and EHS ) or Universal Plug and Play. The transmission medium is depending on the application and local conditions all data cables, power cables and fiber to radio procedures into account.