When dealing with electricity in your home, it’s important to understand the difference between standard wiring and low voltage wiring. Low voltage wiring is used for several different types of systems and devices in your home that don’t require the higher voltage of standard wiring. Let’s explore low voltage wiring and what it’s used for.
What is Low Voltage Wiring?
Low voltage wiring refers to the electrical wires and cables that carry power at 50 volts or less. Standard electrical wiring such as what powers your outlets is 120 volts. Low voltage wiring requires special training and expertise because it involves delicate equipment that can easily be damaged if not handled properly. In fact, low voltage wiring must often be installed separately from traditional high voltage wiring to avoid interference and potential damage.
What is Low Voltage Wiring Used For?
Low voltage wiring is used for a surprising number of devices and systems in your home. Here are just a few of the major ones that use low voltage wiring:
- Security systems
- Landscape lighting
- Home automation systems
- Telephone lines
- Network cable
- Television and audio systems
- Some types of interior lighting
What are the Risks of Low Voltage Wiring?
Although low voltage wiring carries less risk than standard wiring, it still comes with potential dangers. Electrical shock can still occur if low voltage wires are not properly grounded or insulated, and damage to low voltage equipment can result in costly repairs. Low voltage wiring does carry enough electricity to produce an electrical arc. This arc can cause a fire if exposed to flammable materials, liquids or vapors.
That’s why it’s important to trust a professional electrician from Carolina Cool for your low voltage wiring needs. Our trained technicians have the expertise and experience necessary to safely install and maintain low voltage wiring in your home or business. Don’t take risks with DIY installation – trust the professionals at Carolina Cool for all of your low voltage wiring needs.