Here’s what contractors stand to gain. From rising construction and material costs to skilled labor scarcity, there’s no shortage of challenges facing electrical contractors today. Contractors who want to stay competitive and profitable must adopt new ways of thinking and move beyond the “that’s how we’ve always done it” mindset.
Fortunately, manufacturing has kept pace, with innovations that solve contractors’ pain points and help them adapt to today’s market. One such innovation is modular wiring systems (MWS)—pre-assembled wiring solutions to replace traditional branch circuit wiring and components.
Most are aware of what modular wiring products are—but are their benefits tangible enough to justify the initial investment when traditional wiring works just fine? Let’s look at some of the benefits.
Electrical installs can be expensive. Because any installer can set up a modular system (it’s plug & play!), you can significantly reduce the costs associated with these installs—to the tune
of up to 30%. That’s because there’s 75% less labor required in commercial applications and around 70% for industrial.
By gaining dramatic new efficiencies with modular wiring, contractors can increase their install efficiencies (which in turn helps them stay competitive by providing cost-effective project solutions).
Another benefit of modular wiring systems is their extreme flexibility. With a variety of available connectors, they’re ready for factory installation in new construction projects. Because control and power wires are run through the same system, controls can be easily integrated and tailored to the customer’s preferences.
Modular wiring systems also make it easy to retrofit existing facilities with upgraded lighting, in far less time than reconfiguring hard-wired light fixtures to code.
With modular wiring systems, it’s easy to perform maintenance and change light fixtures’ positions as floor plans evolve. These systems are luminaire disconnect-rated, so there’s no need to shut off power and interrupt operations while fixtures are being replaced or swapped out.
With fewer electrical components involved, it’s also far easier to troubleshoot electrical and lighting problems when a facility is using modular wiring.