What Is A Low Voltage Design?
Quality Low Voltage Design: Why It’s Important
Low voltage systems, defined as 50 volts (V) or less, include telecom/IT network infrastructure, security systems, audio-visual systems, dynamic signage, and other systems associated with the IT network, namely building management systems (BMS) and possibly lighting control systems. Low voltage power cable is also being used more and more in the alternative power industry. In solar-power generation, low-voltage cables are used to connect the panel to the combiner box, inverter, and the transformer. Medium-voltage cables then connect the transformer to the substation, and then high-voltage and extra-high-voltage cables connect the substation to the electrical grid. Wind energy systems utilize low voltage cables to connect the wind turbine tower to the grid as well.
Why do we need it?
Quality low voltage design is a critical component of any low voltage network or system. Taking steps to ensure proper planning, design, installation, and maintenance of low voltage infrastructure will have a positive impact on those that not only use them, but also those who maintain these networks and systems as well. Proper coordination between the architect, general contractor, electrical contractor, and low voltage contractor is critical when it comes to quality low voltage system design and installation.
What are the benefits?
Quality low voltage design starts at the concept phase, continuing through the design phase, implementation phase, and through to the support phase as. Quality low voltage design helps to:
- Reduce design changes – The less design changes your project goes through, the quicker you’ll be able to get to the construction phase.
- Reduce change orders – A good design means that changes won’t be necessary in the field, and that means no costly change orders.
- Lower project costs – Construction and implementation go much smoother with a good design, and that helps to keep project costs low.
- Prevents re-work – A poor design can sometimes mean that things need to be redone in the field. Good low voltage design helps minimize this re-work.
- Ensures successful inspections – If an inspector has to come to your site multiple times, this will cost you time and money. Good low voltage design ensures that only one inspection is necessary.
Voice, data, video, and security networks are only as dependable as the cabling infrastructure that ties them together. Quality low voltage design helps to protect your assets, as well as safely minimize operational risk and disruptions to your business. Low voltage design software helps to ensure a quality low voltage design. Ask the experts at Cadsourcing about their quality low voltage design experience!