1000-Feet 22/4 Alarm Wire
If you need 22-gauge, 4-conductor wire, then you have come to the right place by checking out Alarm Grid. We offer 1,000 foot rolls of stranded 22-gauge, 4-conductor wire that is perfect for many alarm system applications. The 22-gauge, 4-conductor wire type is generally best-suited for powered security sensors, such as hardwired motion detecting sensors. These sensors require two wires for power and two wires for data. You might also use 22-4 wire for 4-wire smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors. However, many users prefer the thicker 18-gauge wire for life-safety devices. Certain building and fire codes may actually mandate this, so keep this in mind.
Many users consider the thickness when choosing their wires. As far as 22-gauge is concerned, it is actually a little bit thinner than the 18-gauge wire that Alarm Grid normally recommends for security system wiring. By using thinner wire, a user may have an easier time completing the connections. Thinner wire is known for being more flexible, and it can be easier for some users to work with. But thinner wire is not as good at sending current long distances However, this is really only a concern if a user intends on performing long current runs. It is very unlikely that a user would run into powering issues by using 22-gauge wire in a smaller building. The decision to use 18-gauge instead usually comes down to regulatory considerations or if the building is particularly large and longer current draws need to be made.
The other main consideration when choosing alarm system wiring is the number of conductors. The 4-conductor term means that there are four inner wires housed inside the larger cable. This is necessary for completing 4-wire connections. You are likely to encounter these when using powered alarm sensors, system keypads and 4-wire life-safety devices. These devices typically use two wires for the transmission of data and two wires for the transmission of power. You can technically double up two separate 2-conductor wires, but 4-conductor wires will make the process neater. Likewise, you can actually use 4-conductor wire for 2-wire connections. You just leave two inner wires disconnected and unused.
Alarm Grid recommends the use of stranded wire, which we sell on our site. Stranded wire can be cut, bent and spliced without fear of breaking or being easily damaged. This is not the case with solid core wiring, which must be handled and adjusted with great care. DIY users who don't handle wire often can achieve great results with stranded wire. Even professional installers generally prefer working with stranded wire since it is just easier and better to work with. We strongly recommend using stranded wire for any alarm system project. And since our wiring comes from Genesis, you can count on Alarm Grid for providing high-quality wiring products.