Review: Pass & Seymour GFCI Receptacle/Nightlight

Pass & Seymour 1595NTLTRWCC4 GFCI Receptacle/Nightlight

Tamper Resistant 15-Amp/125-volt

Why install a GFCI?

I needed to install an additional receptacle near the kitchen sink during a remodel. Since it was close to the sink, local electrical code required that it be a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) type of receptacle. This type of receptacle will detect the tiniest amount of electricity flow to ground and turn off the power in a fraction of a second. The path to ground is nearly always found at the sink because of the water supply and metal faucet being good conductors.  Many electrical systems are grounded at the incoming water supply to the house.

A GFCI will cut off the electricity to the plug when electricity flows to ground, and in the newer models, if there is an unbalance in the flow from hot to neutral.  For example, this type of device would protect you if your toaster has a two prong plug and one of the elements inside was touching the metal case causing the case to be electrically charged.  If you touch the case only, you may feel a slight buzz or tingle, but if the another part of your body touches something that’s grounded, the electricity could travel through and electrocute you. The GFCI would detect this condition and turn off the electricity very quickly.  Nice protection – right?  That’s why they are required near sinks and water fixtures in the house.

How Bright Is It?


GFCI with Night Light

I chose the combination night light model because I wanted to be able to see my way around in the kitchen in the dark. The LED light does a great job at lighting a dark area so you can move around safely at night. The light has variable brightness depending on ambient light in the room. So when you turn on a room light, the night light turns off. It’s also off during the daytime which is expected from any night light.

Installation was straightforward with screw terminals to attach the hot, neutral and ground wires. Since this was the only receptacle on the circuit, there was no need to attach a downstream circuit wire that could power additional receptacles. Although GFCI receptacles are larger than standard receptacles, it fit in the wall box easily.

Another feature is the tamper resistant receptacles. It’s probably unnecessary when installed above the counter where small children wouldn’t be able to reach, but they offer protection from any single blade or key being pushed into the receptacle slots.  It makes it a bit more difficult to push a plug in.

 

Once in the wall box and covered with a wall plate, it is pleasing to look at and does the job of protecting you like any other GFCI. It’s stylish even with all the buttons and the small indicator light. The indicator light will glow red when something has tripped the GFCI detector.

As you can see it matches the other devices in the same wall box.

Howto Review: Pass and Seymour GFCI Receptacle/Nightlight

Looks great in a multi-gang wall box

In the next photo, you can see it has an even glow to the nightlight and a delivers a smooth transition from dim to full bright as the room gets dark.

The Bottom Line

I’d definitely recommend this as a replacement GFCI for the kitchen. I also think it would be great for the bathroom so you or the kids can get up in the middle of the night and never have to turn on a light to do your business. Yes – it’s that bright. Unfortunately, if the power goes out during a storm or any other power failure, the night light goes out too. Too bad it doesn’t have a battery powered light so it would stay on for a few nights. That may be too much to ask for.

Pros: Clean look, installs easily. Cons: Hard to push plug in, no light when power fails.

- Bart

 

3.5 / 5 stars     

4 comments for “Review: Pass & Seymour GFCI Receptacle/Nightlight

  1. October 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I’d give it 4.5 Your con of pushin force is not a device failure but of a response to NEC requirements. They are a ‘feature’. I’ve installed 2 for customers.and one at my house.Great product. (not related or supported by Pass & Seymour).

    • Bart Rogers
      November 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Yes UL 498 for receptacles has force requirements, but the one I installed is much harder than the standard P&S receptacles. That said, I really enjoy having the built in night light.
      - Bart

  2. Rick
    November 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I thought the nightlight level was adjustable … but I can’t seem to find out if that’s true- or how to do it.

    I have one in my bathroom and it’s rather bright at night. I’d like to adjust it down several ‘notches’.

    You know how?

    • Bart Rogers
      November 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Unfortunately, they are not adjustable.

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