Over the years, I have seen people struggle with led lighting. Some people cannot understand why the lights do not have an amazing effect, which is why they go out all the time.
Others have problems with their wiring, creating an untidy mess of cables, causing the lights to flicker, or which can overheat and burn out.
A lot of us use LED lights in our homes, but do we really know what is powering them? Do we really understand all the things that could go wrong with them?
Can they be used safely? Or are the risks of them being dangerous to us, just the traditional myths? It is certainly possible to get a number of problems from with LED lights, and some dangers are very simple to avoid.
What is low voltage wiring?
Electric power is one of the main forms of energy used in the modern world, powering homes, cars and other devices around the world. In fact, it’s so important that even our bodies are powered by electricity.
Low voltage wiring is a relatively new concept, and it is an electrical wiring system that uses low voltage current (15-120V) to conduct electricity. Some of the advantages of low voltage wiring are that they are durable, flexible, and easy to install.
Low voltage wiring is a term used to describe the wiring used in many electronic devices, such as radios, TVs, stereos, and mobile phones.
The term originated from the fact that many of these devices operate on low voltage (typically 12 Volts DC) – some even use the same voltage used in car lights.
Low voltage wiring is used because it provides ease-of-installation, and is more resistant to short-circuits than higher voltage wiring. Low voltage wiring is also much cheaper than wiring that is designed for higher voltage (typically 24 Volts).
What is the right gauge for led lighting?
The first thing to understand is that the right gauge for led lighting is NOT the same for all types of lights. The most important thing to consider is the max load rating of the light, followed by the wattage output.
For example, a common recommendation is to use 0.8mm wire for low-wattage lights.
However, this may not be the best choice for LED lights that have a higher wattage rating, for example if we want to use the fan wires from an Integral to power our 24W LED strip. This means we need a higher gauge wire that can carry more current.
The important of proper wiring
The importance of proper wiring is essential for LED lighting. It is the backbone of an efficient installation, guaranteeing the uniformity of lights. In addition, it is also a safety measure to prevent the possible hazard of the installation.
Types of electrical wiring
We all know how important electrical wiring is to our homes. Whether wires are being used for power, data or security, it’s important to understand the principles behind this vital part of our homes. There are four basic wiring types that can be found in homes and businesses.
- Triplex wires.
Triplex wires are the most common type of wiring used in European and US buildings. They consist of three conductors that are twisted together.
They are not suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and are used where a long run of wire is needed. These wires may be used to supply kitchen appliances, heating systems, or telephones.
- Main feeder wires.
Today we’ll look at the main feeder wires of an electrician’s cable tester. They are also called power feeders or main feeders and are used to feed power to a device on a wiring circuit board.
Usually the main feeder wires are green or yellow in color and are arranged in a square or rectangle configuration.
The main feeders are wired in parallel on the inside of the lamp, with each feeder wire connected to another feeder wire. The main feeder wires are connected to a power supply.
Which is usually a wall socket or a surge protector. The feeders are wired to receive the electricity from the power supply and pass it on to the lamp.
- Panel feed wires.
Panel feed wires are wires that are placed on top of a panel to run power to the same wires below. It allows electricity to be supplied to the load from a panel feed wire.
Panel feed wires are commonly used in the construction of high-rise buildings, agriculture, and in the public lighting industry.
- Non-metallic sheathed wires.
When designing electrical circuits it is important to know which type of wire will be most suitable for a given circuit. The correct type of wire will depend on the application, the environment and the intended use.
There are many different types of wire, and they can be grouped into two major categories, non-metallic sheathed and metallic sheathed wiring. Non metallic sheathed (NM-sheathing) is the type of wire used for most domestic and commercial electrical circuits.
It is also known as non-shielded wire and is more commonly known as “non-metallic” wire, although this term is not used by all manufacturers.
Non-metallic sheathed (NM) wires are less commonly used than in the past, and less understood by many electrical engineers. They are extremely robust, and offer a much greater level of protection against lightning strikes.
They are also a great choice if you want to minimize the risk of damage to wires, or if you are just looking for the best performance and the lowest cost.