5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Electrical Cables

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Buying Electrical cables having no idea can be very intimidating like this. Knowing a thing or two or five is the secret to a safe and effective electricity supply. Without further ado, let’s get started. I’ll swear I’ll keep it simple and won’t baffle with jargon.

Buying Electrical Cables

Knowing a thing or two or five is the secret to a safe and effective electricity supply. Without further ado, let’s get started. I’ll swear I’ll keep it simple and won’t baffle with jargon.

Conductor: Anything that lets electricity flow through it without resistance called conductor. Copper and Aluminium are some common examples of conductors that can be found in electrical cables. Though copper is by far the most cost-effective conductor out there for its price, followed by aluminium.

Did I say, even you could be a conductor? if you touch any hot wire.

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Insulation: Insulation is an outer layer of the cable which shields it from environmental threats, plus disasters like smoke and fire damage.

Like this heroic cat saves a toddler from the hot stove.

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XLPE & PVC are two most discussed insulation materials at the moment. However, XLPE can withstand PVC and even EPR over flexibility, resistance, and longer life but comes at a little higher price tag.

Colour: House Wires comes in different types of colours, and each has its own meaning which varies from country to country, but we are only following Indian standards.

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Sorry ladies, but the colour pink doesn’t exist in the wiring. The standard colours are red, green and black (RGB).

Red wires are called hot wires or live wires which carries current at high voltage. Often used in switches, fans and large Industrial appliances. Well, One has to be a bad boy to drive power i.e. what red wire does or it makes other guys look better. Touching it could result in serious electrical shock. You can think about it, but don’t it.

Green Wires are ground wires designed to overcome excessive electrical flow. They are also called neutral wires, but technically they only chip in when there is a situation.

Black wires are neutral in nature which takes no sides in a war. These wires are considered safe to touch in a hypothesis, but you should not touch em – since they can carry the same current as hot wires. We see these types of wires typically used in devices like phone, mobile charges, and laptop cords.

Size: Does size matter? Yep, Just like colours there are various types of wire sizes, each intended to carry different uses.

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Thicker wires have low resistance and higher flexibility to current flow which can be identified by American Wire Gauge (AWG) System standards. Gauge here to refers to a physical size of wires, usually rated 15-amp to 20-amp for most home devices. As a result, high amp devices require a larger size of wires to avoid overheating and short circuit issues.

Brand: The significant difference between branded and non-branded cables is in their quality and pricing. You would often find non-branded products advertised with “Premium Quality, Low Price” tag.

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Brands are the companies which design, engineer, and manufacturers their products. On the other hand, non-branded companies just rigorously makes the same products often identical to one to another, and since there is no cost involved in R&D they can afford to sell their products for dirt cheap prices.

Do your research. A woman could tell you everything is fine when everything is wrong, a salesman can tell you everything you need to hear, just like that a product or company can claim anything of the sort.

These are things you should know if you ever find yourself wandering off for electrical cables. If you still aren’t sure? Why not ask an expert.

About Author: This is a guest post by Chetan Mahore, Digital Marketer at Industricals.com. You can follow him on twitter @chetanmahore.