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    Power Cable

    Here at RS Components we offer a huge range of high-quality electrical mains and power cables from industry-leading brands including Belden, Lapp, Prysmian, Alpha Wire and RS PRO.

    What are power cables used for?

    Power cables are used for the distribution of electrical power in commercial, industrial, and domestic wiring applications. These cables are typically an assembly made up of one or more individually insulated conductors, enclosed in an overall outer sheath. Power cables have a wide variety of uses, including mains wiring, lighting, sockets, and connecting to electrical appliances.

    To protect equipment and ensure optimal safety when transmitting power supply it is vital that you choose the correct cable for your requirements.

    Types of power cable:

    Mains power cable

    These cables are available with solid or stranded conductors, and a varying number of cores, voltage, and current ratings, as well as different types of sheathing materials. Uses include: industrial/commercial environments, power leads, cable reels and extension leads with IEC connectors such as C13, C14, C7 or BS1363, appliances, and power supplies. Twin and earth cable is a commonly used cord found in residential and commercial premises, which comes in a range of ratings.

    Armoured cable

    Steel wire armoured cable (SWA) is a highly reinforced power cable. It will supply a continuous flow of electricity to the intended target, due to the galvanized steel overlapping the centre cable. Each cable is built up of numerous copper cores, followed by XLPE insulation of the cores. The insulated cores are then protected by a layer of PVC bedding, which is secured by steel wire. Outer sheathing can be PVC or LSZH.

    Coiled cable

    Coiled cables are designed to extend to a length that is far beyond their at-rest length, and due to this advantage, they are often used when high mobility is a concern, such as in old-style wall mounted telephones. However, coil cables still have modern uses, such as in headphones, and are ideal if you wish to avoid the inconvenience of wrapping up a long cable after use.

    Lighting cable

    Lighting electrical cable has many domestic, commercial and industrial uses. These cables can be used to wire electricity to ceiling lights or to control lighting in appliances with light fixtures such as microwave lamps or oven lights.

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