There are also some key differences in the way that electric power is supplied and delivered in France from the way it is in the UK, and knowledge of these can actually help you to avoid problems.
Unless you are planning to wire or rewire an entire house yourself (not advisable unless you are a trained electrician who is thoroughly "au fait" with French electrical practice), the following snippets of information should give you an essential armoury to cope with the electric basics: Perhaps the first and most obvious difference that you will be aware of is that the plugs are completely different in France from in the UK.
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Power-line communication (PLC) is a communication method that uses electrical wiring to simultaneously carry both data and electric power.
It is also known as power-line carrier, power-line digital subscriber line (PDSL), mains communication, power-line telecommunications, or power-line networking (PLN).
Narrowband power-line communications began soon after electrical power supply became widespread.
Around the year 1922 the first carrier frequency systems began to operate over high-tension lines with frequencies of 15 to 500 k Hz for telemetry purposes, and this continues.
Electricity typically is generated at a power plant and travels to transformers, which lower the voltage to a level that local distribution systems can handle.
From there, electricity travels over local distribution systems to individual homes.
but chances are that at some point, even you will experience some sort of electrics problem that needs fixing, and if you have some understanding of the way things work it can save you money and further problems in the future.
At this point you may also be thinking; "But I will simply call an electrician, what do I need to know? but maybe it would still be helpful if you could explain what the problem is, to enable the electrician to turn up equipped to solve it for you.
There are, however, several "little" differences other than language that may make us pause for thought.