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Postby farmluver » Mon May 01, 2017 2:40 pm

In the installation docs it states you can use Cat5e or Cat6, insulated or uninsulated wire. Is the any noticable opereating difference in any of these wires?

Also, where can I purchase LCbus wire?

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Re: Wiring

Postby dc » Wed May 03, 2017 8:24 pm

Cat6A has a slightly higher copper thinkness so the wire loss is less than Cat5. For commercial projects or where the lenghts are over 100ft, Cat6 is recommended.

Shielding is not required. I recommend shielding for switch wires that return directly to the PDM or USB outlets. This gives an opportunity for ESD (static shock release) when touching or plugging in a device to charge. Otherwise you'll build up enough charge running around in your socks to really annoy that younger sibling! :-)

LCbus wire is simply 16/2+Cat5. You can find AUDIO-CAT wire everywhere which is 16/4+Cat5. Gives even more flexibility should you use multi-color amps at the panel. Run LCbus wire to a panel next to or below your main panel. Amplifiers for example allow easy termination of the LCbus 16/2 and the Cat5 at the same spot. Everything else is wired inside the panel or from the Amplifier to the PDM.

George Webb
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Cat5 product recommendations?

Postby George Webb » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:42 pm

Could anyone share some best recommendations for Cat5 wire product for Lumencache jobs, specifically considering the following:
  • Durability/longevity and quality (jacket and conductors)
  • Snaglessness (ease of installation)
  • Pricing
  • other considerations?
Also same for AUDIO-CAT.

Thank you!

Regards, George Webb (Lumencache newbie)

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