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  • DALI Lighting Control - See the Light!

    DALI Lighting Control - See the Light!

    Aug 02, 2019

    What is DALI? DALI stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface and is part of IEC 60929, an international standard for dimming and digital lighting control communication that’s been around since 2002. DALI is very easy to install, extremely...

  • Coaxial Cables - What you Need to Know

    Coaxial Cables - What you Need to Know

    Jul 25, 2019

    The first known patent granted for coaxial transmission line was a British patent in 1880 to Oliver Heaviside, a self-taught British electrical engineer. Heaviside’s coaxial cable was a copper tube, which formed the outer of the line...

  • LSF vs LSHF (LSZH) - There is a Difference!

    LSF vs LSHF (LSZH) - There is a Difference!

    Jul 08, 2019

    The main problem facing specifiers and contractors is the confusion over terminology and standards. Is LSHF (Low Smoke Halogen Free) the same as LSF (Low Smoke and Fume)? These terms are all widely used within the cable industry and we still encounter...

  • Cable Screening Options - Know What's What

    Cable Screening Options - Know What's What

    Jun 19, 2019

    Screened Ethernet cables were designed for use in environments where electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) are present. Examples include manufacturing, automation and Industrial control applications...

  • CCA, CCS, CCC vs. pure copper – know the difference?

    CCA, CCS, CCC vs. pure copper – know the difference?

    Jun 06, 2019

    Copper can be up to 80% of the cost of a cable so it’s no surprise then that alternatives to copper are constantly being sought. The practice of substituting solid copper with copper clad aluminium (CCA) or copper clad steel (CCS) to save money is still..

  • Smart homes are going to get smarter

    Smart homes are going to get smarter

    May 30, 2019

    Way back in 2003 the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came up with the following definition for a smart home: "A dwelling incorporating a communications network that connects the key electrical appliances and services, and allows them to be...

  • MUD is mud, right?

    MUD is mud, right?

    May 13, 2019

    Well, no, not really. Certainly when it comes to the sort of MUD you find around oil and gas platforms at sea. Drilling mud or drilling fluid as it’s commonly called is a viscous fluid mixture that’s used in drilling operations performing a wide range...

  • Essential Install Live! 2019 - The Smart Building & Home Automation Trade Show

    Essential Install Live! 2019 - The Smart Building & Home Automation Trade Show

    Apr 09, 2019

    Leading cable supplier FS Cables will be exhibiting at this year's Essential Install Live! 30th Apr - May 1st at Farnborough Exhibition Centre. Head to stand 64 for all things cabling and to discover the truth about CPR from the cable experts.

  • Cables Where You Need Them, When You Need Them

    Cables Where You Need Them, When You Need Them

    Apr 08, 2019

    With our 67,000sqft warehouse facility housing over 3,500 product lines on the shelf and another 6,000 on short lead times, you’ll be sure we have the cable you need. There are also over 800 CPR-compliant cables including Alternative to Belden, structured

  • External Grade Speaker Cables - Whatever the weather

    External Grade Speaker Cables - Whatever the weather

    Apr 02, 2019

    To complement the range of TruSound high-performance speaker cables, FS Cables have a CPR-compliant, weatherproof 16AWG speaker cable. Ideal for external applications, this cable has been designed to prevent water and moisture from damaging equipment.

  • Solar Power

    Solar Power

    Mar 29, 2019

    The growth in renewable energy sources has seen the demand for specialist cables to meet specific needs also increase. While the cables used to link solar panels to each other or to a regulator are relatively simple, the environments they operate in can..

  • New HDBaseT Cat 6A range of colours makes identification easier for installers

    New HDBaseT Cat 6A range of colours makes identification easier for installers

    Mar 01, 2019

    FS Cables have added white and violet colour options to the TruHD range of Cat 6A HDBaseT Recommended cables. Ideal for fast data and media transmission around the home, including 4K video, Cat 6A is a perfect solution for the modern building.