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Types of wiring in a wooden log house

Everything you need to know about the types of wiring
in wooden log houses

Introduction to wiring of wooden house

Electrification of wooden log houses is a crucial stage in the construction and furnishing of a home. Unlike brick or concrete structures, electrical wiring in wooden houses requires a special approach due to the nature of the material. Wood is considered a highly flammable material(though it's not always true), so ensuring the safety and reliability of the electrical system is of paramount importance. In this article, we will look at the main types of wiring in wooden log houses, their advantages and disadvantages, and determine the most suitable type of wiring for a modern home.

3 Types of Wiring

All main methods of electrical wiring in wooden houses include routing under the floor, ceiling, and then branching out to the walls. These methods allow the cables to be hidden and minimize their visibility, making the interior more aesthetically pleasing. Let's take a closer look at each of the main types of wiring.

1) Retro Wiring

Description: Retro wiring is an open type of wiring where the wires are laid on the surface of walls and ceilings. The cables are attached using insulators, which give the installation a vintage look. The wires are usually wrapped in cotton or silk to imitate old-fashioned materials.

Installation: Retro wiring is installed after construction and finishing work is completed. The cables are laid on the surface of the walls and then secured with ceramic or plastic insulators. Retro distribution boxes are used to create nodes and branches.

Advantages of Retro Wiring

  • Aesthetics

    Retro wiring gives the house a unique, classic look that complements wooden walls well.
  • Ease of installation

    This type of wiring is easier to install on already finished walls without requiring channelling.
  • Easy access

    In case of repair or replacement, the wiring is easily accessible.

Disadvantages of Retro Wiring

  • Cost

    Retro wiring can be more expensive due to the materials and decorative elements used.
  • Design limitations

    Not always suitable for modern interiors.
  • Safety

    Requires the use of special materials and strict adherence to safety standards to prevent fires.

2) Wiring in External Wiring Duct (open wiring)

Description: Wiring in external wiring ducts involves laying cables inside special plastic or metal ducts attached to the walls or ceiling. The cable channels are covered with lids that can be easily removed for access to the wires.

Installation: The installation of wiring in wiring ducts starts with attaching the channels to the surfaces of walls or ceilings. The cables are then placed inside, secured, and covered with the channel lids. This allows for easy modification or addition of wiring lines.

Advantages of Duct Wiring

  • Safety

    Cable channels made of non-flammable materials increase operational safety.
  • Flexibility

    It's easy to change or add new lines without damaging the walls.

Disadvantages of Duct Wiring

  • Visibility:

    Cable channels are still visible and may not fit well with the interior design.
  • Cost

    High-quality cable channels can be quite expensive.
  • Limited choices

    Designer options for cable channels may be limited.
  • Outdated technology

    Open wiring in a new home may indicate a low level of construction preparation or a low budget. Either way, it does not play in favor of the homeowners.

3) Concealed Wiring

Description: Concealed wiring involves laying cables inside the walls, floor, or ceiling. The wires run through special chases or conduits completely hidden from view.

Installation: The installation of concealed wiring is done during the construction phase or major renovations. Channels or grooves are created in the walls, floor, and ceiling to lay the cables. After the cables are laid, the grooves are sealed, making the wiring invisible.

Advantages of Concealed Wiring

  • Aesthetics

    The wiring is completely hidden, preserving the original appearance of the walls.
  • Protection

    Cables are protected from mechanical damage and external factors.
  • Safety

    When installed in metal duct, the risk of fire is close to zero.
  • Good match

    Concealed wiring fits all designs as it is a standard of construction in every design project.

Disadvantages of Concealed Wiring

  • Advance planning

    Requires planning prior the construction phase or major renovations.
  • Maintenance

    Access to the wiring is difficult, complicating repairs or upgrades.

Best Type of Wiring in a Modern Home

The best type of wiring in a modern wooden house depends on several factors: interior style, budget, safety level, and personal preferences of the homeowners. Concealed wiring is the most preferred option for those who value aesthetics and safety. It is completely hidden in the walls, protected from external influences, and meets modern fire safety requirements. However, for lovers of classic style, retro wiring can also be excellent option.

Concealed wiring at the factory stage

In our homes from Logluxe, we offer in-house drilling for the installation of concealed wiring. When you receive your home on the construction site, you simply erect the walls without worrying about having to drill holes for wiring. During the planning stage, we discuss where outlets, switches, at what height and what appliances will be in the house. When you receive our house kit - you get a finished product that requires almost no modifications.


In conclusion, choosing the type of wiring in a wooden log house is a balance between aesthetics, safety, and functionality. Retro wiring gives the house a unique style, wiring in cable duct offers flexibility and safety, and concealed wiring provides maximum aesthetics and protection. Each of these types has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice depends on the individual needs and preferences of the homeowners. The main thing is to follow all the norms and safety rules to ensure reliable and long-lasting operation of the electrical system in your wooden house.

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