22/2 Alarm Wire
If you are looking to connect hardwired security equipment, sensors and accessories, then you will need some wire. Our 22-gauge, 2-conductor wire is just one available option. This wire is great for connecting non-powered security sensors that commonly use 2-wire connections. This includes most hardwired door and window contacts. Such devices are purely mechanical in operation, and they do not need extra connections for transmitting electrical current.
When setting up an alarm system, most users will be deciding between 18-gauge and 22-gauge wiring. If you aren't sure of which wiring to get, then 18-gauge is recommended. But there may be some users who prefer the 22-gauge thickness. The advantage to using 22 AWG wiring is that the user will receive enjoy greater flexibility when making the connections. Many users find that 22-gauge wire is physically easier to work with and connect with the appropriate wiring terminals. But the downside to the thinner wire is that it is not as good at sending current across long distances. But for non-powered connections and short current draws, it really won't make much of a difference. However, users should be aware that some building codes may mandate the thicker 18 AWG wire. Make sure to check with the appropriate regulations if you are setting up an alarm system for a business.
Another aspect to consider for alarm system wiring is the number of conductors used with the cable. 22-2 wiring is 22-gauge wire with two inner conductors. The two inner conductors make the wiring suitable for setting up a two-wire connection. You may need a two-wire connection for many non-powered security sensors. But many powered alarm sensors will use a four-wire connection. The four wire connection comes from two wires for power and two wires for data. You can technically double-up and use two separate 2-conductor wires to complete the connection. But many users will just get a 4-conductor wire for that purpose. Really, either option will work. Most users will generally use what they have around.
A great thing about the wiring sold from Alarm Grid is that it is stranded wire. This is superior to solid core wiring when used with alarm systems. Stranded wire can be handled more easily without the fear of breakage. It is better for cutting, splicing and bending, especially when handled and managed by a DIY users. Even professional users generally prefer stranded wiring because of its overall ease of use and versatility. We recommend stranded wiring whenever you are setting up a security system or installing any new equipment or devices. Alarm Grid offers wiring products manufactured from Genesis. This is a Resideo company (formerly Honeywell) that is known for its exceptional quality and performance. If you are looking for quality wiring, you can rely on Alarm Grid and Genesis.