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Wiring with 13 ampere sockets would not cost more


The government decided in 2016, through a Cabinet decision, that Sri Lanka would move to a single standard for plugs and sockets. In common usage, these are called plug tops and plug bases. Sri Lankans are at present compelled use ten different types of plug tops and three types of plug bases, simply because there was no single national standard.

The decision in 2016 was to use the 13 ampere plug top and the matching plug base, as the single standard. Electricians call it the "square pin" plug top and plug base (its pins are in fact, rectangular). Professionally, they are called "type G" plugs and sockets.

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