Can I Use an LT-Cable w/ an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 Alarm System?
Yes, you can use an LT-Cable with an Interlogix Simon XTi or XTi-5 Alarm System. The Honeywell LT-Cable can be used in place of a standard 18-gauge 2-conductor wire, and it will make it easier to get power to the panel. By using the LT-Cable, you will not have to strip or splice any wires.
The Simon XTi and XTi-5 Systems receive primary power from a 9-volt plug-in AC transformer. There is also a backup battery in case power to the transformer is lost. The panels come with a 2-conductor wire for powering the system. This wire has spade lugs at the end which will connect to the transformer. The other end is pre-stripped for ease of installation. This cable is about seven feet long.
In some cases, this wire may have gotten lost, or is otherwise unsuitable. In this case, an 18-gauge 2-conductor wire can be used to connect the panel and the transformer. This type of wire is readily available from virtually any hardware store. In order to make the connections, the ends of the wire will need to be stripped. While this is usually not a problem for those used to wiring, some DIY users may find this task somewhat challenging. Users with little electrical experience may also feel uncomfortable with properly securing the wires to the terminals.
If wiring is a concern, a Honeywell LT-Cable can be used in place of the 18-gauge 2-conductor wire. A screwdriver will still be needed to secure the connections, but the process as a whole will be considerably easier. The LT-Cable comes already prepared, and no wires will need to be stripped. The ends of the wires are specifically designed to connect to terminals, which makes it easier for DIY users to make the connections. One end connects to the AC transformer, and the other end connects to the panel. The two ends meet with a plug-in male-female barrel connection. In total, the LT-Cable is approximately 8.5 feet long. Overall, the LT-Cable is a great option for DIY users looking to do a self-install, and we highly recommend it.
One consideration though is that the LT-Cable is not readily available in most stores, and it will usually need to be ordered online. This can make it more time-consuming to obtain than a standard 18-gauge 2-conductor wire. For users looking for an LT-Cable, it is available for purchase on the Alarm Grid website.
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