An electrical conduit is a tubing system used for protection and routing of electrical wiring. Electrical conduit may be made of metal, plastic or fibre. Flexible conduit is available for special purposes. In India, we also call it Electrical Pipe.
Conduit is installed by electricians at construction sites while civil work of a building is in progress. Its use and installation details are generally as per IS standards and wiring regulations.
Electrical conduits provide good protection to concealed copper wires from impact, moisture, and chemical vapours. Also wiring changes are made simpler and safer through the use of electrical conduit, as existing conductors can be withdrawn and new conductors installed, with minimal changes. Metal conduits are used in commercial/public buildings and they also offer shielding from electromagnetic interference.
Types of electrical conduits