In the UK, there are various types of domestic electrical cables used for different purposes. Here are the descriptions of some of the commonly used types of electrical cables:

  1. Twin and Earth Cable - This is a common cable used for household wiring. It consists of two insulated conductors and a bare earth conductor, which is used for safety grounding. Twin and Earth Cable is used for general power and lighting circuits.

  2. Armoured Cable - This type of cable is suitable for outdoor use as it has a tough outer sheath that protects the inner conductors from damage. It is commonly used for outdoor lighting and power supplies to sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

  3. Coaxial Cable - This cable is used for television and satellite systems. It consists of a central conductor surrounded by an insulating layer, a braided shield and an outer sheath.

  4. Flex Cable - Flex cable is a flexible cable used for appliances that require frequent movements, such as washing machines, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners. It consists of a flexible conductor surrounded by an insulating layer and an outer sheath.

  5. Heat-resistant Cable - This type of cable is used for appliances that generate heat, such as cookers and ovens. It is designed to withstand high temperatures without degrading or melting.

  6. Telephone Cable - This cable is used for telephone lines and consists of multiple insulated conductors wrapped in a protective outer sheath.

  7. Cat6 Cable - This cable is used for networking and internet connections. It is designed to transmit data at high speeds and consists of four pairs of twisted insulated conductors.

It is important to choose the right type of cable for the intended use to ensure the safety and proper functioning of electrical equipment. It is recommended that only a qualified electrician should carry out electrical installations and repairs.