Are modular receptacles an answer to a problem nobody had? Instead of attaching your hot, neutral, and ground to the receptacle, you connect them to a wiring module that twists onto the back of Leviton’s special receptacles. We’re not exactly sure how that saves you any time or money — especially at a $15 to $30 premium price — but maybe somebody can set us straight.
Leviton claims their modular receptacles speed installation and reduce errors. Yeah, it makes it easy for the guy trimming out the installation, but it also adds work for the guy roughing in the electrical. The savings in time just doesn’t add up, unless they’re heavily discounting these receptacles so bulk pricing is much closer to traditional receptacle prices. And if you’re making that many errors installing receptacles maybe you’re in the wrong business.
Leviton makes modular receptacles in industrial and healthcare-grade duplex outlet configurations. With either configuration you also have to pay an extra $3 for the wiring module.