Non BASEC Cables

by Steve on January 28, 2010

Here’s a tip.  Don’t install non BASEC cables.

They are not worth your hard work to install.

They will probably cause you problems in stripping and terminating and almost certainly give problems at the testing stage.

Non approved cables can have low conductivity, poor plastic insulation and even be faulty before they are installed.

You may think that all UK cable suppliers only stock BASEC products.

But a survey in 2008 revealed that a quarter of wholesalers had at some time sold non BASEC cable where their customers were inclined to buy a cheaper brand.

However sometimes electricians are not aware that they have been sold a non BASEC product.

BASEC is the recognised leader in product certification services for electrical cables, data/signal cables and ancillary products.

Make a point of checking for the BASEC marking on cable sheaths before installing and contact the supplier if in doubt to check the source.

More about the BASEC mark and Faulty Cables.

Rogue SWA warning.

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Steve September 1, 2011 at 08:26

Hi Graham

I’m sure that somewhere there is a recommendation that you only use BASEC cables. I’d only use BASEC cable for any application apart from perhaps temporary ELV. Using only BASEC seems to be common sense otherwise you’re asking for problems at the testing stage… and beyond!

Graham August 31, 2011 at 20:28

Is there anywhere in any British Standards or other regulations thats states that you cannot use non BASEC approved cables for an emergency lighting installation.

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