Also called structured wiring, low voltage cabling or wiring is used for supporting communication equipment and digital technology to help them work consistently and efficiently. Featuring several sets of complex wiring, commercial buildings and facilities typically have audio, computer networking, HD video, network data, telephone, and Wi-Fi systems. Each can be supported by a low voltage wiring network independent from standard electrical wiring.

The implementation of low voltage wiring will first require a certified technician who is highly-skilled in installing a low voltage network for an entire building. There will be instances when cabling infrastructure will require a specific configuration in order to handle various functions across several facilities.

The following will discuss widely used low voltage systems that provide fire protection, networking, security, and sound & communication in commercial buildings and facilities.

Fire Protection

A fire protection system that is in compliance will be crucial for the preservation of life and property in the event of a fire. Below discusses the two main features of a low voltage fire protection system.

Fire Alarms – Their implementation can range from a basic one-building fire alarm system to multiple highly complex networks of fire alarms protecting several facilities. In either case, a low voltage system can be utilized.

Fire Suppression – Automated fire suppression equipment can detect the presence of fire, which will activate the release of dry chemicals, foam, gas, or wet chemicals to extinguish the flames without the use of water.


Low voltage systems need a network that runs efficiently in order to function properly. The following will discuss several options for connectivity.

Structured Cabling – Fiber, copper, or coaxial structured cabling systems can be selected for various media applications. They can be used to link CCTV cameras to recording equipment and monitors, provide power to an access control system, and connect audio components.

Wireless Connectivity – In cases where wiring isn’t practical, wireless connectivity is the solution. Low voltage devices can wirelessly communicate via microwaves, over radio frequencies, and through infrared laser technology.

Part 2 will discuss Security and Workplace Communication Systems.

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