When thinking of cable ties, nylon cable ties may come to mind first due to their extensive properties. However, are these the best cable ties for outdoor use? If you are using cable ties for an outdoor project, then you owe it to yourself to understand why UV resistant cable ties will be the right fit for your job.
Below, we’re going to look into the different features, uses and applications of UV & heat resistant cable ties.
What are UV Resistant Cable Ties?
UV resistant cable ties are a variation of standard cables with extended properties, best suited for withstanding and resisting harsh temperatures and outdoor conditions. They are made from nylon, which is a tough material with good thermal and abrasion resistance. It meets UL 94 V-2 flammability ratings and has a working temperature range from -40°C to 85°C.
After being introduced in 1956, cable ties have been praised for their balance of properties and flexibility to be used in various industries and environments. These UV resistant cable ties have greater resistance to ultraviolet exposure in outdoor usage, making them suitable for use in various industries for interior and exterior environmental conditions.
Why Use UV Resistant Cable Ties?
UV resistant cable ties are made to be able to resist harsh exposure to the great outdoors, like the sun. As the sun can break down the compounds in cable ties, causing their colour to fade, material to break down, and become fragile. If you have a job or project that requires outdoor tools & supplies, UV resistant cable ties are the best for outdoor applications because they are specifically designed to offer UV resistance, which will help protect the cable ties against harsh sun rays.
UV resistant cable ties are great for outdoor applications as they also offer heat and weather resistant properties. They are non-retardant in compliance with UL94V-2 and are long-lasting, sturdy, and durable. They can withstand temperatures between -40°C and +120°C and provide additional thermal endurance without affecting performance.
All sizes have excellent strength and holding power, however, strength does vary depending on individual sizing. You can find more information available on our UV resistant cable ties page.
Characteristics of UV Resistant Cable Ties
UV resistant cable ties have higher carbon content about 2% for greater resistance to ultraviolet exposure in outdoor usage, making them suitable for a multitude of uses in various industries for indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. Whereas, standard cable ties offer some UV resistance but generally only contain around 1% of carbon. They can be used in continuous or extended exposure to outdoor use. At GTSE, UV resistant cable ties are available only in black and white (green tint).
UV-resistant black and white (green tint) cable ties
Available in a wide range of sizes
Made from UL approved Nylon 6/6, 94V-2
Easy application either manually or with a tensioning/cutting tool
Bent tail for easier use
Resistant to external agents
Contain a minimum of 2% carbon
Working temperature range: -40°C to +120°C
Since UV resistant cable ties are both heat and weather resistant, they are a better option when dealing with outdoor environments. Standard nylon cable ties, if used outdoors, do not have the long-lasting strength to be used in harsh weather conditions and high temperatures for long periods of time. Whereas, UV resistant cable ties won’t degrade or damage when exposed to the sun for a lengthy duration.
What are UV Resistant Cable Ties Used For?
UV resistant cable ties are the ideal option for high ultraviolet environments. These ties are specifically manufactured to be used for continuous or extended exposure to outdoor use and UV light specially. For outdoor applications, you need cable ties that can stand up to the weather and a range of temperatures.
UV resistant cable ties can be used for a variety of different applications. Here are a few examples:
Bundling and organising cables and wires outdoors
Securing leads, pipes and hoses in the garden
Fixing outdoor lighting fixtures and holding up garden plants
Organising cables and extension leads for outdoor decks and patios
For outdoor applications and uses, we would advise using UV resistant cable ties. They contain UV and carbon stabilisers which shield them from destructive sun rays. Whereas, for acidic conditions, consider stainless steel cable ties. Stainless steel ties are purposely designed to withstand corrosion and endure harsh acidic conditions.
How Long Do UV Resistant Cable Ties Last?
Our UV resistant cable ties are designed to last under harsh UV light. UV resistant cable ties have been commonly known to last between 5 to 10 years, this is mainly for black cable ties. However, this can heavily vary depending on the colour and location of where the UV ties are situated. For white cable ties, the longevity tends to be slightly less than black cable ties. Resulting in wiring or cables that are set in place with UV resistant cable ties to be permanently secure without having to swap out or change the ties for a long time.
At GTSE, our UV resistant cable ties are great for outdoor use and are resilient and long-lasting for hardwearing outdoor conditions. Not only do we carry a variety of specialised UV resistant cable ties, but we offer a variety of cable ties for different applications and purposes. For more information on UV resistant cable ties and our cable tie range, see here.