Glossary of Sensors, Switches & Automation Terms

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Volt (V) - The unit of potential or electromotive force. Commonly abbreviated as V.

Voltage - Term used to designate the electrical energy differential that exists between two points and is capable of producing a flow of current when a closed path is connected between the two points.

Voltage drop - The voltage that occurs across a solid-state device when its output is driving a load, or the voltage that exists across each element of a series circuit. The magnitude of the voltage drop is dependent upon the circuit demand of the load.


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