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Electrical Raceways

Simplify wiring and reduce wall penetrations

Electrical raceways permit electrical and communication wires to be run along interior walls instead of through wall cavities.

Running wires through wall cavities can be a messy and cumbersome task, especially when remodeling. Electrical raceways can make the job a little easier. Electrical raceways are mounted on interior walls and encase electrical and communication wires. Raceways permit wires to be run along interior walls instead of through wall cavities. Electrical raceways can simplify the task of wiring and reduce wall penetrations that can compromise a building's thermal performance.

Commonly used in commercial buildings, electrical raceways are now available for residential applications. As home wiring increases in complexity, new residential products are emerging that may make residential electrical raceways more common.

The PVC electrical baseboard raceways for residential use come in white or wood-laminate versions to blend into decor. Corners can be mitered and snap-on elbows are used to enhance appearance. The raceways mount to any kind of surface.

A two-compartment design separates electric wiring and low-voltage cable such as phone, data and coaxial. Device plates can be installed anywhere along the raceway to accommodate power receptacles, phone jacks, and outlets for cabling.


Can be a cost-effective alternative to wiring within wall cavities, especially when remodeling.

Quality and Durability

Electrical raceways are UL listed.

Safety and Disaster Mitigation

Because there is no need to cut into walls, electrical raceways can improve the safety of rewiring.


Electrical raceways for residential wiring are commercially available. Because the electrical raceway is located on the interior wall, there is no need to run electrical wires through studs. Outlets can be moved easily and there is no need to cut holes in walls when doing a retrofit.

Retail cost is between $6 and $8 per linear foot, depending on design.

Not Applicable

Electrical raceways are UL listed for common household current.

Not Applicable

No special tools are needed to install electrical raceways. Installation requires mounting the base, running the wires, and snapping on the cover. Raceways can be installed in new construction but are especially useful in remodels.

The raceway cover snaps off to add new wiring or to reposition outlets.

Not Applicable

Home wiring is relatively simple and wiring in raceways is accessible for future changes. Location of outlets and jacks can be changed.

Retail cost is between $6 and $8 per linear foot, depending on design.

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