Within both private and commercial settings, the management and distribution of electricity is crucial for powering appliances, protecting personnel, and establishing a more efficient space. While there are a number of components and devices that may be used for managing electricity, two of the most important equipment pieces for power distribution and safety are switchgear and switchboard devices. With both types of equipment, circuits may be serviced with distributed voltage in order to maintain the functionality of all connected systems. While many people may use the two words interchangeably to refer to the same piece of equipment, switchgear and switchboard devices do serve different uses and hold varying functionalities. As such, it can be useful to understand their differences in order to best manage the electrical circuits and systems within your home or building.