The term “low voltage” is electrical wiring and trim that does not carry the same current as the power outlets, fixtures, and switches in a home. Items that are considered low voltage fall under less scrutiny during inspections because the open wire does not pose the same electrocution threat that a standard wire would. The home design phase is the best time to plot out what low voltage will be required.
When Should Low Voltage be Installed?
In most cases, the majority of the low volt installation will occur at the same time as the basic electrical. Other times, it will follow just after basic electrical. It can be done by a different crew of the same electrical company or a separate outfit that specializes in low voltage work.
What Items are Considered “Low Volt”?
The number and location of telephone outlets are not as critical today as it once was. Many of us use plug-in cordless phones. It is still advisable to install wall outlets in any areas where you might want a computer terminal, in your bathroom, in the kitchen and also where you have cable outlets.
With technological changes, have come more uses for cables. For instance, in a Crestron controlled home, Crestnet cable is often used for two way communication for hardwired devices. In addition, there are often design requirements for audio and video cables.
A security system is almost automatic for many home buyers today. Low volt wiring is run to sensors at window and doors and sometimes to motion sensors on the exterior of the home. Once the pre-wire is complete, any reputable alarm company can come in and present systems and programs to implement.
An intercom can be a great convenience. Most intercoms today also have a music player and radio as well. It is easy to use and each zone of the house can be controlled by the individual.
Whether or not you install a home control system, the prewire adds value to your home. Feel free to send us a message or give us a call if you have any questions.Request a Consultation