Floor-to-Ceiling Power Poles

Workshops, study centers and computer stations are additions found in many modern homes.

Definition

Separating and managing electrical wires and telecommunication cables, however, may be more difficult in these areas -- especially if the rooms are constructed as large, open spaces. A floor-to-ceiling power pole is an option to locate wiring and cables in your own home's hard-to-reach areas, where a wall is unavailable or inconveniently placed.

Power poles are extruded metal or hard plastic poles used to hide, manage and protect electrical wiring and cables. Running electrical wiring using a floor-to-ceiling pole is helpful in areas where outlets or electrical connections are not easily accessible. The pole provides a reliable way to drop wiring from the ceiling to create an outlet or Internet connection. Interior power poles can be purchased in varying lengths, allowing the installation of a pole from any ceiling height to a finished floor.

Types

Power poles can be an open conduit or detailed with interior channels that separate wires and cables as needed. For example, a work table centered in the middle of a room may require an open conduit that channels electrical wire to create an outlet at the base of the conduit. However, a complex data and telecommunications conduit may require a dual or double-channel pole to manage the data cables and the electrical outlet wiring separately.

Power poles for data and telecommunication needs can be purchased already wired and equipped with industry-standard removable plates, called "knockouts," that allow direct plug-in of the customer's communications equipment. Knockouts may include access for phone lines, Ethernet outlets, Internet connections or any required combination of connectors.

Uses

Floor-to-ceiling power poles are often used at retail point-of-purchase stations. Point-of-purchase stations are not always placed near a wall, and the floor-to-ceiling power pole allows wiring pulled across the ceiling to drop down and be used to run cash registers and credit-card machines. Likewise, businesses that utilize an open work area for employees use floor-to-ceiling power poles to deliver Internet and power receptacles for employee workstations. In buildings where wiring cannot run through the wall — adobe and some plaster construction may be solid — power poles can be attached against an interior wall to deliver wiring and power to a room. Homeowners may find power poles useful for running wiring to hard-to-reach areas of the garage or other outdoor buildings such as separate art studios and work sheds.

Advantages

Power poles are reusable and relocatable, making them items worth saving during a demolition or a move. Easy access to the wiring in a power pole makes updating a telecommunications or data system a fast endeavor. Also, power poles provide flexible solutions when multiple electrical and communications needs arise, as the addition of more computers, televisions and monitors is easy to manage from one pole. Poles prevent the need to cut holes in drywall, hide wiring under carpeting -- where it can degrade from the pressure of heavy foot traffic or furniture -- or set up elaborate and often unsightly ways to cover cables to prevent a tripping hazard.

About the Author

Alex Burke holds a degree in environmental design and a Master of Arts in information management. She's worked as a licensed interior designer, artist, database administrator and nightclub manager. A perpetual student, Burke writes Web content on a variety of topics, including art, interior design, database design, culture, health and business.