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Alarm Wire

When writing about alarm wire I always distinguish between security / burglar alarms as opposed to home automation systems which also have a UL approved security controller. Regardless of the system involved, alarm wiring will always have a significant role. Many security installers will state that alarm wiring will normally be a 22-gauge, two-conductor cable. And most installers will go on to advise the use of stranded cable rather than 22-gauge solid copper wire as is contained in a Cat-5 cable.

Watch Out For Drywall Screws

The reason they advise the use of stranded cable is that should a drywall screw somehow come in contact with the solid copper wire it will likely break leading to a loss of all conductivity. Whereas when a screw touches a stranded wire, with any luck at all some of the strands of wire will survive thus maintaining conductivity between the zone contact and the security controller.

Recommendation Will Save Your Bacon

All that is needed for normally open or closed contacts used in doors and windows is a two conductor wire. However, I have a recommendation to all would-be installers. It is a practice which has saved my bacon many times over the years. I always run a four-conductor wire between each door, window, motion detector, glass break sensor, photoelectric beam, and any other device being installed as part of an overall home automation and/or security system.

All motions, smokes, glass breaks, etc., always use two wires for 12Vdc power as well as two wires for normally open or closed contacts. Why not just purchase one type of cable to service both the devices requiring power and normal door and window contacts? The difference between the cost of a box of 2-condcutor vs. a box of 4-conductor is negligible. Yet the savings in labor is immeasurable.

Do the Smart Thing

Do the smart thing, use the green and wire wires for window and door contacts, leaving the extra red and black pair in reserve at each location. That way when it turns out that conductivity has been lost on the green and white pair, one or both of the red and black wires can be used to complete the zone connection. That beats having to purchase and install a wireless device at the lost door or window or losing the zone all together from your overall system.

Home Automation is Important

Home Automation refers to an intelligent home, which is controlled by a 2-way interface computer. Without conscious thought by any human, it manages the systems in your home to provide you and your family with the ultimate in luxury, convenience, safety, security, substantial energy savings, and peace of mind. Automation makes it possible to integrate various technologies into one cohesive system.

An automated home adjusts the security, cooling, heating, and lighting automatically for comfort, energy savings, and convenience. A home automation system takes the place of a standard security system, and for not much more, greatly increases the value, safety, and efficiency of your home.

Control in Multiple Ways

Systems can be accessed and controlled over the telephone, either from within or away from home, and over the Internet. Check and adjust lights, temperature, and security from your phone and/or computer. Not only can you call into your system to check on the status of your home over the telephone, but your system can actually contact you! The system can be programmed very easily to call out over the phone to inform you when your children have arrived home from school or if the alarm has gone off.

You can expand and customize your home automation system. Not everyone wants the same capabilities in their Security/Home Automation system. I provide lots of FREE information on How to Install Electronics in Homes like my 10 Video Mini Course. You can join my Newsletter, follow articles in my BLOG, and watch my How to Install Videos. In addition, I have written several How to Install eBooks. At the center of them all is my How to Install Security & Home Automation eBook which shows you detail by detail how to install a specific system.

Installing Multiple Technologies?

It has been my experience that when people are considering one technology for their new or remodeled home, they are likely considering other technologies as well. I make available a FREE eBook on How to Install Modern Home Electronics. Download the free copy and it will give you an overview of several systems which are commonly installed in homes.

If you are a person who is not in need of information on installation, perhaps you would prefer to go directly to our product website where you can shop safely for home electronics at very reasonable prices. We can have a product shipped to you within a few days.

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