You see there was a time a couple of decades back, when if someone needed electrical work done on their home, they simply called in an electrician who ran the wires… Switches and plugs, receptacles, etc. As time went on, people began to add more and more components to their homes. Cables for computer networks, Wi-Fi, routers, home audio systems, speakers, intercoms, alarms, low voltage, high voltage and the list just keeps on growing.
If all of these systems were wired up through a home individually, the mess would end up looking like a spider web of wires. So just like a cars main wiring harness, the structured wiring enclosure was developed for the home. It contains all the wires neatly together, organized, good looking, easy to change, upgrade, troubleshoot and understand. It’s the only way to go now!
Cabling Is Too Often Overlooked – Plan For Tomorrow, Today
Our Future Cabling Needs
TVs in most every room, audio speakers throughout the home, telephone service over Ethernet cabling. The connectivity needed for today’s modern homes is getting more complex, and wireless will solve less than 10% of the challenges. Every time you add a new connection and, certainly, when you remodel, you will save money and grief if you take a smart approach to Low Voltage Cabling and plan for the future.
What Is Low Voltage Cabling?
This is wiring which does not carry AC power. It requires special skills and craftsmanship to do it effectively, in an attractive way.
Low Voltage Cabling includes cables for:
- Audio (Speaker / Subwoofer)
- TV (Ethernet/HDMI)
- Data For PCs and Internet Enabled Devices (Ethernet)
- Phone (Copper Twisted Pair)
- Cable / Satellite (Coaxial)
- Video Cameras / CCTV
- In-Wall Control buttons and screens
What Is Structured Wiring?
Structured Wiring refers to the specialty cables which enclose multiple cable types in a single wiring sheath and an efficient way to get those wires where they are needed.
Structured Wiring can hold multiple types of cables, PC, Satellite, Phone, and PC into a single package. Previously, a separate cable was pulled to the location it was needed for today. This legacy method is more costly overall, and doesn’t insure that an Ethernet or TV cable will be available at the necessary locations in the future. “If you are going to pay to run one cable, just run them all.”
Traditionally, phone, Internet, and TV cables are brought into the home at different locations. From there, they are daisy chained throughout the house with “drops” as each room the customer specifies. In addition to the cost, troubleshooting problems can be difficult even with the involvement of a phone company, Comcast, DirecTV, ATT representative.
With Structured, each type of service is brought into the house at the same location. From there, a multi-purpose cable is delivered to each location. This eliminates the need for additional cable pulls to that area in the future. Troubleshooting is also simplified due to each location having an uninterrupted path back to the wiring panel. The problem must be at either of the easily located endpoints.
Why Electricians and General Contractors May Not Be Your Best Choice For Low Voltage Design & Installation
There are two reasons why many contractors and electricians are thrilled to avoid low voltage cabling:
First, electrical is a single service and doesn’t change over time. Low Voltage wiring supports many services and the needs of each room, let alone each house can be different.
Second, most don’t do enough Low Voltage work to be sufficiently knowledgeable about all the termination options such as wall plates, volume controls, in-wall/in-ceiling speaker wiring. There are both a functional and aesthetic considerations that most non-specialists don’t get. 90% will offload Low Voltage wiring if they can. Total Home is here to help.
Total Home Media Design is Your Low Voltage Specialist
We have the tools, skills, and knowledge to handle a single wiring run or whole house system during construction or a remodel. We are continually researching new ways people will use technology in their homes and the implications on non-AC wiring. With a little foresight and us at your side, you can save money and be prepared for the future.