What is a low-Voltage Power System?
Low-voltage power systems are integrated power systems in buildings that can run on either AC or DC current. The ranges of a low-voltage system are anything less than 49 volts for AC and anything less than 120 volts for DC. Comparatively, a normal voltage system ranges from 50 - 1000 volts for AC and anywhere from 120 to 1500 volts for DC. Low-voltage systems are intended to run specific applications and can end up saving energy and money.
Where Can These Systems Be Used?
Low-voltage systems have particular applications in buildings such as office spaces, hospitals, schools, and military buildings. These power systems require little energy to run and can be used for applications that do not require constant, high power. Below are some of the more common applications for low-voltage systems.
● Fire Alarms - While extremely important to life safety, many fire alarms can run with very little power. A fire alarm system simply needs to be routinely monitoring the building's vitals to detect smoke, heat, and fire. Low-voltage systems for fire alarms are a great way to save energy while making sure your building and tenants are safe.
● Security Monitoring - Security cameras that are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week are great candidates for low-voltage systems. Adding a security monitoring system can help prevent crime and keep tenants safe.
● Patient Monitoring - In a hospital setting, both patients and employees can be easily monitored with the use of a low-voltage system. Because low-voltage systems are commonly used to transmit data, valuable information can be sent via the system, which can help save lives.
● Communication Systems - Having a universal system to help make announcements to occupants is crucial to the overall safety of the building's inhabitants. Communication systems can run on low-voltage systems and provide an added level of safety.
The Benefits of Low-Voltage Systems
Low-voltage systems run on lower amounts of power than typical power systems which, can lead to several benefits.
● Environmentally Friendly - The most obvious benefit of a low-voltage system is that they are more environmentally friendly. Requiring less energy to run the system allows the user to rely on the grid power system less. And requiring less energy to run also has dramatic cost savings on monthly energy bills.
● Added Safety - Having a low-voltage system is widely considered safer than traditional power systems. The chances of an electrical shock or potential fire are decreased due to the lower amount of power running through the circuit. As a result, many building insurance policies are cheaper, and you may even be eligible for discounted rates.
● Added Convenience - Many low-voltage systems are controlled from one master site. Not only is this more convenient, but allows the user to shut down any system that is not needed to save wasted energy usage, all from one location.
At Gausman & Moore, our team of professional electrical engineers are well versed in low-voltage systems. We have a proven track record of designing and installing superior low-voltage power systems for buildings large and small. To learn more about our electrical design services, contact our team today! We have locations in Roseville, MN; Duluth, MN; and Santa Clarita, CA.