Understanding The Basic Types Of Wiring

One of the essential electrical services for commercial buildings is wiring. It involves connecting wires and cables to devices like sockets, switches, and fuses. These wires and cables are then connected to the main distribution board to facilitate the power supply. You should choose a renowned and experienced commercial electrician for your wiring needs. Here are some basic types of wiring you can expect to get for your office building.

Lead Sheathed Wiring

In this type of wiring, conductors insulated with VIR are covered with a sheath of lead aluminum alloy. The metal sheath protects the cables against atmospheric corrosion and mechanical moisture damage. The lead covering is connected to the earth at the entry point and protects the building from electrolytic action caused by the leaking current.

The cables are fixed by link clips. This method protects wires from moisture, fire, and mechanical damage. Lead sheathed wiring is common for places that are exposed to moisture and rain. It shouldn't be used in areas where chemical corrosion can occur.

Batten Wiring

In this type of wiring, your commercial electrician will use a single or group of cables and lay them under a wooden batten. The batten is secured in place with a clip or screw. The main advantage of batten wiring is that the wiring installation is easy. 

This form of wiring is also cheap, and repairs are easy. There is also a low chance of current leakage with this system. However, batten wiring cannot be installed in humid areas. It's also not used externally since the wires are vulnerable to harsh weather conditions and other external elements.

Conduit Wiring

In conduit wiring, your commercial electrician uses PVC conduit pipes. Conduit wiring can either be surface or concealed. With surface conduit wiring, your electrician installs PVC conduits on the roof or wall. The electrical wires are run inside the conduit pipes.

For concealed conduit wiring, your electrician will lay the conduit pipes inside the wall. The electrical wires are then fixed inside the pipes with fishing tape. The main advantage of conduit wiring is that there is no risk of electric shocks and fire outbreaks. This form of wiring is also safe from external elements like chemical effects.

Wiring is an essential aspect of electrical repairs. You should rewire your commercial building after a certain period to ensure the wiring system adheres to the current electrical standards. When rewiring your office, your commercial electrician will take you through the common types of wiring to help you choose the one that is best suited for your specific needs.