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Plenum Cable Glossary Terms for Dummies

11/10/2021

Of course there are no dummies in the Wire & Cable world, but just in case there are some questions, here the most common or frequently requested terms for Plenum cables. These are not complete nor exhaustive, but the most common phases or codes that our customers often inquire about.

Plenum Cable Terms by codes

The first 2 digits indicate the AWG Size.
The digits after the forward "/" indicates the number of conductors.
This can also be written with the numbers after the cable type.

TermFirst 2 digitsDigits after "/"Cable Type
10/2 Plenum cable10 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
10/4 Plenum cable10 AWG
4 ConductorsPlenum Cable
12/2 Plenum cable12 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
12/4 Plenum cable12 AWG
4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
14/2 Plenum cable14 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
14/4 Plenum cable 14 AWG
4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
14/6 Plenum cable 14 AWG
6 Conductors
Plenum Cable
16/2 Plenum Cable
16 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
16/3 Plenum Cable16 AWG3 Conductors
Plenum Cable
16/4 Plenum Cable16 AWG4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
16/6 Plenum Cable16 AWG6 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/2 Plenum Cable
18 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/4 Plenum Cable18 AWG
4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/6 Plenum Cable18 AWG
6 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/8 Plenum Cable
18 AWG
8 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/10 Plenum Cable
18 AWG
10 Conductors
Plenum Cable
18/12 Plenum Cable
18 AWG
12 Conductors
Plenum Cable
20/2 Plenum Cable
20 AWG
2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
20/3 Plenum Cable
20 AWG
3 Conductors
Plenum Cable
20/4 Plenum Cable
20 AWG
4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
20/6 Plenum Cable
20 AWG
6 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/2 Plenum Cable22 AWG2 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/3 Plenum Cable22 AWG
3 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/4 Plenum Cable22 AWG4 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/5 Plenum Cable22 AWG5 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/6 Plenum Cable22 AWG6 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/7 Plenum Cable22 AWG7 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/8 Plenum Cable22 AWG8 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/10 Plenum Cable22 AWG10 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/12 Plenum Cable22 AWG12 Conductors
Plenum Cable
22/15 Plenum Cable22 AWG15 Conductors
Plenum Cable

Common Plenum Cable Terms:

TermDefinition
CMPCommunication Plenum Cable from the NEC Article 800
CL2PClass 2 Plenum Cable from The NEC Article 725
CL3PClass 3 Plenum Cable from The NEC Article 725
FPLPFire Protective Cable from the NEC Article 760
MPPMulti purpose Plenum Cable
NPLFPNon-Power Limited Fire Protective Plenum Cable
CATVPCable Television Plenum Cable
ULUnderwriters' Laboratories
ETLElectrical Testing Labs by Interkek
RoHsRestriction of certain Hazardous Substances
LS-PVCLow Smoke PVC
ShieldThe metallic covering over conductors
Aluminum/MylarA form of shield over cable conductors
UnshieldedWhen a cables does not have a shield
Drain Wire
A wire in a shielded cable used to terminate the shield
Plenum JacketA cable that has a Plenum rated Jacket
NEC 725
National Electrical Code 725
StrandedA wire that has multiple strands
SolidA wire with only one strand
Tinned Copper
A copper wire with a tin covering
Bare Copper
A copper wire with no tinning
Rip Cord
A cord that is under the jacket to make it easier to strip the jacket
Numbered Conductors
It is a printing in the conductor insulation to help identify wires
Twisted Conductors
Conductors that are twisted together

Examples of Plenum Cable:

Plenum Cable 22 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 20 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 18 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 16 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 14 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 12 AWG Price
Plenum Cable 10 AWG Price
FEP/FEP Plenum Cable Price

To view our extensive pricing of plenum cable in our low voltage cable category. Contact ramcorpwire.com for further assistance.

Remember that if you cannot find it, we can or can have it made.

Thank you for reading,
JR