Do you know when to use armored cable?

Armored cable is arguably one of the most common types of cable. This cable type is known for its protective coating that protects its core from a variety of adverse conditions, including extreme tension. This cable can come in handy in a wide range of applications including underground wiring and mains power.

I. When to use armored cable?

Armored cables provide sufficient protection against mechanical risks. Therefore, you can use this type of cable in areas where there is a high risk of mechanical damage. These locations include exterior walls, underground, and industrial facilities.

The defining characteristic of any armored cable wiring is its strength and ability to withstand different forms of external limbs. Such limbs typically include exposure to ultraviolet light, water, rodent infestation and various forms of mechanical hazards. Typically, cable with armor does not require the use of conduit. However, some local codes require the use of conduit for all underground installations. Therefore, it is best to check local wiring codes before proceeding with any underground installation.

You need to be aware that there are different types of armored cables, each with a specific purpose. For example, armored fire alarm cables are only suitable for alarm wiring applications. Similarly, armored marine cables are particularly suitable for marine related applications. In short, you need to make a choice based on your specific cabling needs.

II. Where is armored cable used?

In the absence of conduit, armored cable provides adequate protection and durability. In most cases, one is forced to use conduit in areas that are susceptible to external risks such as corrosion and cable wear. Therefore, it can be said that armored cables are suitable for hazardous areas.

Standard cables are most likely to cause irreparable damage in areas exposed to moisture. PVC armored cable is suitable for such environments because it can withstand exposure to moisture. Generally, armored cable is recommended for use in hazardous locations, including stairwells, barns, and basements. These cables guarantee maximum safety and durability if you choose the right type of cable. For high voltage applications, XLPE armored cable is the best choice. It is also important to remember that wires have different current-carrying capacities depending on different factors, including their size, number of cores and length. For example, a 6 mm 3-core armored cable with XLPE insulation can carry up to 1000 volts. This is not the case for other variants of armored cables.