When you have a project at hand and have just rolled up your sleeves to get started, you will find that there are a lot of confusing choices to make. However, when it comes to cables, the choices are quite simple. With a little research, you will find that cables marked with XHHW are good for most outdoor projects and you can try the 500MCM XHHW ALUMINUM cable for some more advanced and elite projects. Perhaps the trick lies in the material used, namely aluminum, but it is also the robust Cross-Linked Polyethylene insulation that may be the key. It can stand up to 600V and works well even in extreme temperatures such as 900C.

While most people usually go in for cheaper cables, perfectionists will have a tendency to choose only the most suitable. Of course, when copper prices go down, you will find that people start buying the copper counterparts, which makes the demand for aluminum go down. However, if you are loyal to aluminum, you will find that it has a lot of advantages and it has many desirable qualities that make it the preferred choice of millions since the early twentieth century. You will be amazed to find that the 500MCM XHHW ALUMINUM will be far lighter and more flexible than a cable made of copper with the same specifications.

Another important factor to take into account is the type of connector that you are going to use. When you are using the aluminum cables such as the 500MCM XHHW you will have to be careful to choose the conductor that is made specifically for aluminum cables. Usually connectors for aluminum cables will come with AL9 or AL9CU of which the latter can be used for copper cables also. Connectors always come marked with the cable size so determine the right size before connecting it to the cable.

To make the job easy, choose color coded cables as well as color coded connectors. This is one of the secrets for a successful job, especially if you are new in the field. The 500MCM XHHW aluminum cables are used for raceways and conduits which are subject to moisture and harsh environments. “XHHW” will be the ideal choice for outdoor settings where you are sure to encounter unpleasant weather. Most people living in temperate zones may find that the XHHW requirements are not necessary, but it is always better to go in for the sturdy cable as it can withstand a lot of abuse.

In addition, you will find that this cable is really resistant to heat, sunlight (if you buy the black cable and if it is bigger than 2AWG), moisture, humidity and abrasion. So if you are worried about the wear and tear, then this kind of cable is most suitable as it can give you years of excellent performance. So go ahead and use them in raceways and conduits in all kinds of industrial, commercial and even residential purposes. You can use them in all locations as per the 517.160 NEC article specifications where you need minimal dielectric constant which has to be lesser than 3.5

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