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Residential Versus Commercial Electrical Wiring

While all wiring may look the same, there are some key differences between residential and commercial electrical wiring. From the electrical codes and energy demand levels, to the grade or quality of materials, and wiring installation environment, every aspect varies between a residential or commercial electrical setup. In fact, not every electrician can do both types of work. Residential electricians go through licensing and certification from the relevant local and state agencies. Commercial electricians not only need to complete their certification, but also a commercial electrician apprenticeship program before they can take on jobs as licensed electricians.

The qualified and experienced professionals at J&S Electrical Contractors Inc. share some of the significant features that distinguish residential wiring from commercial wiring.

Top Differences between Residential and Commercial Wiring 

  1. Wiring Types: Residential electrical wires are quite thin as compared to commercial ones. Commercial wiring also features a thermoplastic, high-heat resistant, nylon coating, (TTHT coating) that offers the hardiness needed for commercial environments.
  2. Conduits: A tube or trough that protects and routes the electrical wiring throughout the building, conduits are a key feature in commercial buildings as the wires run through open spaces at several points. Residential wiring is usually plastic sheathed wiring, but does not require conduits. Although residential wiring runs through the walls and attic and comes in contact with other surfaces, the sheath keeps the wires from starting a fire, and protects the occupants of the premises. 
  3. Grade of Materials: The codes and standards applicable to commercial electrical wiring materials are different from the ones for residential wiring. Typically, commercial wires need to comprise of materials that are more resistant to corrosion, chemical exposure, and heat. 

Customized Electrical Services by Licensed Commercial Electricians 

At J&S Electrical Contractors, Inc., we offer comprehensive commercial electrical services to a wide variety of establishments throughout New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our clients include medical and dental offices, hospitals, schools, malls, restaurants and more. Whether it is new installations, upgrades, repairs, 24X7 emergency support, or customized electrical projects, our licensed and qualified commercial electricians are equipped to handle all types of requirements.

Our commercial electrical services include design and installation of safety and security systems, power control systems, machinery design and layout assistance, and testing and commissioning. You can count on us for reliable, affordable, and energy-saving electrical solutions that minimize your downtimes and maximize your operational efficiencies. 

To learn more about our complete range of commercial electrical services speak to our experts at 215-633-8330 or contact us online.