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.