Looking for a replacement for old or damaged electric wires? Or planning to upgrade your existing electrical system at home? You will need to find the right type of power cable to match your needs.
Power cables, also known as electrical cables, are used for the transportation of electricity from one point to another. The cables are typically made up of two or more current carrying conductors which are individually insulated and encased in an overall protective outer sheath. Electrical cables are used in a wide range of applications including mains wiring, lighting, sockets and connecting to electrical appliances.
There are several types of electrical cables and wires, each designed for specific applications and environments. For example, some power cable wires are designed for indoor use only, while others are specifically made for outdoor purposes and are resistant to oil and other elements. To transmit electricity safely from Point A to Point B, there are also different types of electrical cables based on their voltage and diameter, as well as their material composition. Some of the most common types of electrical cables include:
Steel Wire Armoured Cable is a highly reinforced power cable which is used to transport electrical power underground. Each cable is built up of numerous copper cores, followed by XLPE insulation of the cores.The insulated cores are then protected by a layer of PVC bedding, which is secured by steel wire. Outer sheathing can be PVC or LSZH.
Arctic grade cable is a special type of flexible cable that can withstand temperatures as low as -40 ˚C. This type of electrical power cable is often used for the connection of IEC 60309 Commando plugs and sockets. The cable is extremely flexible and instantly recognised by its brightly coloured outer sheath. Yellow for 110V ac and Blue for 240V ac.
Flex Mains Power Cables
Flexible Mains Cables are a common type of electrical cable. They are used for the connection of most portable electrical appliances and light pendants. Flex mains cables come in various CSAs, usually two or three cores inside a PVC outer sheath.
Twin and Earth Cable
Probably the most popular and widely used type of electrical power cable. TE cables are used for fixed wiring installations in domestic dwellings. Twin and Earth cable supplies the power to switches, sockets and light fittings.
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