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Benefits of LED Lighting

Posted by Samantha Flannery on Nov 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 LEDs have become increasingly popular and it's easy to see why since they offer many benefits over traditional lighting. They have greater lifespans, use less energy, safer alternatives and much more! The following are seven advantages to consider when switching to LED lighting:

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, LED Cables, Lighting, LED Lighting

Category Cable Comparison: Cat 5 vs. Cat 6 vs. Cat 7

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 31, 2018 1:10:00 PM

Category cable or, Networking cable, is essential for networking or multimedia installations in projects such as higher education, government, corporate, conference rooms, healthcare, houses of worship, digital signage, hospitality and large venue applications. This article will go over the most common and different types of category cables.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category Cable, Cat7, Category 6A Cable, networking, Category 5e

Category 6 Vs. Fiber Optic Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Oct 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

There has been a big change in the AV industry from the standard coax cables to networking cable solutions, known as category cables. Although Category 5 cables are still heavily used, many growing businesses are looking into faster solutions with Cat 6, Cat 6A Cat 7 and Fiber Optic cabling.

In this article, we will compare the differences between Cat 6, Cat 6A and Fiber Optic cable so that you can best decide what will suit your customers and business in the evolving AV industry.

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Topics: Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optics, Fiber

6 Different Types of Fire Alarm Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Sep 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Fire alarm systems are very important for any business, school, facility, home and much more. They protect us when alerts arise and deliver notification of potential threat and harm. In previous blogs, we have discussed how fire detection systems work and the differences between conventional vs. addressable fire alarm systems.

Today, we will go over the different types of fire alarm cables with both power limited and non-power limited fire alarm cables. So, let's begin... 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, fire alarm cables, fire alarm, fire alarm systems

Understanding Fiber Optic Wavelengths

Posted by Samantha Bante on Aug 10, 2018 3:34:21 PM

Fiber optic cables have many advantages over traditional copper cables to help with ease of installation. When fiber optic cabling is discussed other terms such as attenuation rates and wavelengths are mentioned to understand how light effectively transmits through the cable. 

We examined discussed in length about fiber optics in previous blog posts, but in this particular article, we will dig deeper into wavelengths and how they affect the strength of the fibers.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber, Fiber Optic Connector, Fiber Optic

What is Power Over Ethernet?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You have probably heard of Power over Ethernet or (PoE). This is a technology that allows networking cables to carry electrical power. They supply electricity to networking, AV, and computers that are powered by ethernet cables. Also, can reduce the number of materials needed because they combine data and power into one single cable. 

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Topics: IT, ethernet, networking, network

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As a business or residential owner the last thing that you need is an electrical fire. Yet, these are common in older buildings and can be severely dangerous. With fall and winter months just around the corner, we are at great risk of electrical fires from increased usage of lights and heaters. To make sure you are prepared, view the top causes of electrical fires below:

 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, fire alarm cables, fire alarm

Future of Fiber Optic Cable

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jul 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Fiber optic cable continue to integrate and revolutionize the spectrum of the cable capabilities in varying industries and will continue to trend forward. Although most understand standard copper cable more, fiber is the cleanest and faster for transmitting communication and data signals. It also can offer the highest capacity of connection for any network.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Fiber Optics Assemblies, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber, Fiber Optic

Importance of Reestablishing Fiber Connections Effectively

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jun 18, 2018 4:48:29 PM

Fiber Optic cables offer a business many benefits for safe, fast installations with higher bandwidth frequencies. Fiber optic cables provide extreme pull tensions up to 600 lbs and a bend radius equal to coax cables. 

If loss of fiber does occur it can result in disrupted communications and negative effects to local businesses. Review the steps below in order to repair any tainted connections quickly and effectively.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Fiber Optic Cable, Fiber Optic Connector, Fiber Optic

HDMI Vs. Optical Audio Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM

When installing new home entertainment centers, sound bar or audio equipment it comes down to two main choices: HDMI or optical audio cables. These cables will both pass digital audio signals and multi-channel audio between devices.

So how do you know which to choose for proper installation and signal transmission?

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Topics: HDMI, 4K, HDMI Cable, HDMI Cables, Audio cables, line level audio, home theaters, Optical audio cables, entertainment centers

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