The Importance of Proper Wire Materials and Conductivity

   When it comes to wire and cable management, conductivity is often a direct result of the material in which your wires are made of. This not only includes the material of the wire itself but also the surrounding material and insulating material. Getting a proper signal through your wire is the key to making that wire more conductive. Whether the signal is data, power, or even sound the signal moves on the same principles of electricity. Here are a few tips to maintain conductivity in just about any wiring system.

Proper Wire Materials and Conductivity

1 – Choose the proper inner wire.
In direct voltage wiring, the gauge is often the first item that is looked at. This is good as you need to ensure that the wire can handle the load. The wire also needs to be made of a solid conductor. Copper is often the best conductor as it is lightweight, flexible, and durable but is also very costly. Choosing another inner wire material might be most cost efficient for the purpose.

2 – Pay attention to the insulation.
This is often the most overlooked part of wiring. Cross signals are a leading problem in signal loss. This is often the result of using inexpensive wire with poor insulation material wrapping the core conductor wire. Choose a wire that has decent insulation to prevent the possibility of the signal being crossed.

3 – Use wire with a durable outer sheath.
Most outer sheaths are made of plastic. The more durable the plastic around the wire is, the less chance you have of that wire cracking or breaking completely and causing a short. Thicker plastic tends to hold up better, especially in areas where it is exposed to extreme elements.

4- Limit your length between cable wires.
As the electrical signal travels, it also diminishes in strength and quality. Naturally this depends on the amount and power of the signal being transferred. A high voltage signal can travel several hundred yards without problem. A standard signal of the household type such as sound, network, or electrical should be limited to no more than around 25 feet.

5 – Use jumpers or amplifiers.
These come in various forms depending on what you are transferring. Basically, a jumper acts as a relay point for the signal you are sending. The since the electrical signal only knows whether it is being sent or not, it treats the jumper as the original source. An amplifier will act as a power booster giving the signal a much needed push towards its destination.

Wire and cable conductivity are critical when it comes to maintaining proper connectivity. Using the proper materials and having the correct setup will mean greater conductivity that will last the duration of the system it is connecting. The use of improper materials though, will likely lead to not only a breakdown in connectivity but also the replacement of the wiring system itself. These basic tips should assist in the improvement of any wiring system to increase that conductivity.

Warming Bathroom Designs for the Winter

   Could there be anything worse than stepping from a hot shower onto a cold, tiled floor and reaching for a towel which hasn’t been heated in the dead of winter? doesn’t think so. The bathrooms experts frequently hear from their clients that they want to create a bathroom which will combat the winter chill and allow them to enjoy their morning or evening shower without worrying about frostbite when they get out. Read on to find out their exclusive tips for a toasty, cosy bathroom.

Warming Bathroom Designs for the Winter

First off, to give the impression of warmth, you should switch up your colour scheme. Sterile, white bathrooms can often appear much colder than they actually are, no matter how sleek and minimalist they may seem. Add some brightly coloured accents into the room, whether it is in the form of some feature tiling, a new bath mat and shower curtain set, or a quirky bathroom cupboard that will add an element of cosiness. Red, orange, yellow and pink bathrooms are not conventionally seen, but adding some of these colours to a plain white room can warm it up in seconds.

Next, look to your existing heating appliances. For many larger bathrooms, a single heated towel rail will not suffice; those with more space than average should seek to install a radiator or some other form of heating device to ensure that the room is warm enough at all times. Smaller bathrooms can often get away with vertical towel rails for heating purposes as well as warming towels, and they are great space savers in cloakrooms and ensuites, where a radiator might not be necessary.

If you are looking to completely rip out your existing bathroom and start from scratch, there is no better choice than under-floor heating, especially for those concerned about the temperature of the room. Hydronic under-floor heating uses tubes to pump heated water beneath the floor, almost like a radiator, while dry systems utilise electric cables to produce the same effect; simply turn it on before you get into the shower and enjoy a cosy room and a pleasantly warm floor when you step out. This type of installation should only be carried out by a professional, but the extra expense will be worth it if you never have to step onto freezing cold tiles again!

For those who are simply looking for a little boost to the heat levels in their bathroom, there are a number of options. Heated toilet seats, for example, are a great little treat for those who dread their bathroom trips in the dead of winter during the night. They provide optimum comfort and they’re not overly expensive to acquire or install. Supplemental heaters are also good for bathrooms, which tend to leak heat, and they can then be removed and placed somewhere else when the temperature is no longer a problem. Heated robe hooks, steam showers and even bath tubs with heated liners are also available on the market nowadays, to ensure that your days of shivering in a wintry bathroom are well and truly over.