What You Should Know About Low Voltage Power Cable
Power cables are designed differently to serve in different levels of transmission systems and carry different power voltages. Power voltage varies from the power source to primary and secondary levels of the distribution chain. It is true that power at the generating sources are of high voltages. However, many home and office electrical appliances require low voltages to operate like our household equipment whereas some huge load industrial machines require high power voltages to drive their engines. Nevertheless, they all need a certain level of power voltage to perform and this calls for the use of Low Voltage Power Cable that is solely used in the transmission of low voltages to equipment consuming low voltages.

It is important to consider the carrying capacity of the power cable you are buying to avoid confusion that would later result into power surges in your power line. There are lots of implications caused by wrong cable choice as the main one power blows and faults. Prevention is better than cure and therefore you should always try to acquire top quality electrical cables, which have been tested and approved to meet all the recommended international specification standards. At Nassau electrical, we value our customers and we ensure that they receive these top quality cabling products.

A low voltage power cable just as the name infers, carries low voltages consumed by low voltage electrical appliances and for light duty transducers. Here are some of the Low Voltage Cables supplied by Nassau electrical:

Electricity for a very long time has been distributed to our premises through the overhead power transmission method and up to date it is still a method widely used. However, there are other creative inventions like underground power transmission method that is slowly taking over the busy and congested cities. It was wise for the use of underground cabling method to be considered especially in our congested urban areas. If you haven’t realized, population has been continually growing in most of our urban centers leading to a corresponding increase in settlement. Tall buildings in our urban areas limit the use of overhead power transmission and this is where the use of underground cables such as PowerNet 600V comes in.

PowerNet 600V cable comes as a bare compacted Class B copper conductor insulated with an ethylene propylene (EPR) and jacketed with LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) which is a flame retardant with a thermoset. This cable has an operating voltage rating of up to 600 volts, meaning that it can support power transmission not exceeding 600V with a functioning temperature of up to 90 degrees Celsius. It is tested and approved worthy in accordance to UL International Listed standards such as the ASTM Class B and Flame Tests. It is clear that this cable is a top quality cable having complied with the required International Specifications.

Why go for PowerNet 600V cable?
EPR insulation of the copper conductors is very important as it creates a barrier between the live wire flowing in the current and the neutral wire. This barrier ensures that both live and neutral wire do not get into contact to cause unnecessary power blows that would in turn cause electric faults in your wiring system. A part from protecting the copper conductors, insulation also ensures that your life is not at risk when handling these cables. Simply because it protects you against electrocution, and thus an important factor to consider when out looking for cables to match up your standards.

You need a cable this PowerNet 600V cable in your wiring systems because it is jacketed with a special type of material. A Low Smoke Zero Halogen jacketing coat is flame retardant and does not contain traces of halogen thus do not burn easily. In case of fire outbreak, the LSZH jacketing produces less smoke hence inhibiting combustion giving you much time to move around and contact the fire extinguishers. I would advise that you make PowerNet 600V your cable of choice because such special features are not easy to come by.

This cable has a more advanced insulation and jacketing composite, which affirms its installation applications in underground electrical distribution systems.

PowerServ CDC Underground Duct Cable 

CDC stands for Combined Duct and Cable. As the name suggests, this type of Low Voltage Cable is designed to serve in conduit systems. PowerServ CDC cable comes with a special adaptive CDC that makes it fit well in the conduits. Due to the traditional direct burial installation costs and the repairing of the sensitive cable materials, cable technology and inventions came up with an idea of manufacturing protective conduit cables such as PowerServ CDC Cable.

How to Determine a Power Service CDC cable?
Many a times customers get mixed up and fail to confirm if indeed cables packaged to them are the ones they ordered. When it comes to PowerServ CDC cable, you have an opportunity to cross check and examine it to confirm its legitimacy. Well, it’s an easy task as you simply need to check if the cable has a duct or not. The cable should have a high density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit that is normally color coded black for phase identification. It is in order that you confirm the type of cable you have before installing it, if truly it is the one intended to serve your power lines, to avoid wrong use of which would be costly and disastrous.

Why go for PowerServ CDC?
Flexibility and weight is a thing to consider when looking for an underground cable, even if they are intended for burial. You need a cable that is light weight and easy to carry as well as a flexible cable that bends and can be twisted with less effort during installations. PowerServ CDC cable is made of flexible and light weight insulation and jacketing construction materials that will not subject you to applying excessive force.

It is made of HDPE offering great resistance and protection against mechanical and chemical damages. PowerServ CDC cable is also a cost effective cable as it comes with its conduit relieving you from incurring costs on buying other traditional conduit pipes.

PowrServ CDC cable meets the approval of NEEMA standard TC7 based on the Polyethylene EPEC-A conduit.

Looking for a secondary underground distributing cable? Go for PowerServ CDC as it is a cable of choice when it comes to underground power transmission systems. This is cable to prioritize given its resilient features and not to forget mentioning its economical alternative.

Underground power distributing cables should be designed in such a manner that they can easily succumb to bends in order to fit in the rocky corners channeled for them. For this reason, Aluminum wire is used in manufacturing this Duplex cable because of its malleability and tensile features among others, which makes it to be branded as a good electrical conductor. You will agree with me that a complete cable should have a live and neutral wire as well as an insulation protector.

This cable comes as a Class B aluminum conductor compressed as per SIW.Since this Duplex cable is tailored for underground installations, it should have a special composite polyethylene insulation.

What is a Composite Insulation?
Insulation is a very vital aspect because it protects you from being electrocuted as well as protecting the cable from external damages and ensuring that the live wire and neutral wire do not get into any contact. A Composite Insulation on the other hand, is made of combined insulation materials with an aim of achieving a desirable quality. As for this Duplex Aluminum Conductor, its composite insulation is a cross linked polyethylene making it a safe flaunting underground cable of choice as it offers an operating temperature of up to 90 degrees Celsius and in accordance to ANSI standards.

Why go for this Duplex Aluminum Cable?
An underground power distributing cable having such an undisputed composite insulation is the cable to go by. You need a cable that can withstand the rocky excavated rocks with a lot of ease like this Duplex Aluminum Cable. This is because the composite insulation offers great protection against damages such as abrasion, wear and tear, moisture, sabotages and other corrosive chemicals. This cable can also perform in high temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius without damages, due to its cross linked composite insulation.

It is used as a single phase power cable installed in underground wiring systems for voltages not exceeding 600 volts.

The Duplex XLP cable is made of Class B or SIW aluminum conductor compressed in accordance to the ASTM 1350-19. It comes as a one phase cable with one live wire and one neutral wire, which are insulated with an extruded lead-free cross linked polyethylene insulation, and then twisted to form a duplex assembly. This cable is only meant to serve power voltages of 600 volts and below at an operating temperature not exceeding 90 degrees Celsius. Duplex XLP cable is approved as a top quality cable after conforming by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) specification standards such as UL 854 and ICEA S-105692 and pronounced as a Type USE-2 Cable.

Why go for this Cable?
The 600V Duplex XLP cable is made of aluminum because of its malleability making the entire cable to withstand compression and tension. Who doesn’t need a flexible cable? It is not easy to install a stiff rigid cable because of too much effort needed to handle it but here is a chance by this Duplex cable, which is flexible and requires less effort to move around during installations.

Cross linked polyethylene insulation creating a boundary protecting any contact between the live wire and the neutral wire is very essential. This is to avoid power blows and surges that would arise if the two conductors get into contact. XLP also protects the cable from external damages such as abrasion, corrosion etc. Such a cable is worth having in your power systems.

Duplex 600V cable is tailored to serve as an underground power distributing cable and can perform even at higher temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius.

A quadruplex Cable simply means that there are four wires in the cable, whereby three of them are live wires and one is a neutral wire thus can as well be referred to as a three phase cable. These conductors are made of aluminum with the three live wires insulated by a cross linked polyethylene and the neutral wire left bare. The three wires are then twisted round the supporting neutral wire. Aluminum is light weight and thus makes a good service dropping cable. For a quadruplex power cable to be used, it is proved legit as per the UL standards such as ASTM, SIW etc.

Why go for this cable?
You will agree with me that a three phase power supply is good as it is known to be efficient and reliable when it comes to driving big industrial loads. PowerServQuadruplex cable is a three phased and will ensure you smooth power supply in your wiring system. It has a high density cross linked insulation material that is strong enough to protect the cable against mechanical and chemical damages, and also withstanding high operating temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius without tearing.

Its phase identification comprises of four wires in which one of them is a neutral path and the other three are live wires hence the name three phase conductor. The phases are in white printings for easy identification.

Since quadruplex cables are three phase conductors, they are intended to serve in three phase overhead power distributions as service drop cables, in a secondary power transmitting line. It can as well be deployed in a secondary power line in which the distribution system has service splices, in either wet or dry temperatures not exceeding 90 degrees.

From the types of Low-Voltage Power Supply cables discussed above, it is clear that they serve power below 600V. These cables are insulated with different types of materials for protection and are intended to serve in different fields.

There are lots of Low Voltage Power Cables sold at Nassau electrical. I hope you found this post meaningful, feel free to contact usfor more information via a live chat on our site  Nassau Electrical Supply.


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