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Low Voltage Cerrowire 16 AWG UL Listed for Single Color LED Strip Light

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Low-Voltage Lighting Cable 16 AWG

--Sold by the Foot--

Use this wire in combination with solderless strip to power connectors to link segments of single color LED strip lights together. UL listed and made in the USA by Cerrowire. 16 AWG.

Two bare annealed flexible stranded copper conductors are duplexed in a flat construction to promote easy teardown during installation. Wires are insulated/jacketed in black premium-grade PVC.

Note: This wire is a lot thicker than the solderless connectors' wire that attach to the strip lights.

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  1. Not what I expected

    Posted by Mike on 31st Mar 2016

    The wires that start the initial run of strip lights is way thinner than this stuff, I ordered the max amount of feet I could and didn't use any of it except to connect to the power supply. The wire is super thick, too thick in my opinion. I am unaware what they suggest to connect these lights but I went to the local hardware store and purchased lamp wire, the wire they use for the cord you plug into the wall. It is not color coated and that is another down side. I am not sure why the gauge is so thick, if possible I would like to hear from the manufacture on this.

  2. OK for its intended use

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Feb 2016

    This wire is primarily used for outdoor lighting applications. If you are running the DC power wiring in a wall, it does not meet the code requirements.

  3. Quality wire

    Posted by Bob on 1st Feb 2016

    This is good quality wire with one wire ribbed for easy definition of positive and negative. Tough stuff.

  4. Does the trick

    Posted by Toby Ovod-Everett on 7th Aug 2015

    I'm mostly writing this to document explanations for others comments.

    The desired wire thickness depends on two things:

    * Current (not power). Lower voltage for the same power means higher current, means more resistance for a given wire gauge, which means more voltage drop in the wire, which means more current required to get the same power at the device.

    * Length of run. The longer the run, the more voltage drop for a given current and wire gauge.

    If you're running 60 W @ 12 V, that's 5 Amps. 16 AWG has a resistance of 4 milliohms per foot, so a 10 foot run means 20 foot of wire (have to count both directions - hot will drop, but neutral will rise), or 0.08 ohms. At 5 A, that's 0.4 V, or a 3.3% drop in voltage. 20 AWG would be a drop 2.5 times as great, or 1 V.

    Plan your runs and remember that 12 V uses 10 times the current for the same watts as 120 V, so low voltage requires thicker wires. I'm using 12 AWG in the attic and bridging to the 16 AWG for the cabinet runs.

    As for keeping track of neutral, the NEC standard is for the ribbed conductor to carry neutral and the smooth conductor to carry hot. No need to mark, just follow the standard and look for the ribbed conductor.

    A few tricks with this wire:

    * For soldering directly to the strips, I separated three of the strands and passed them through the hole in the strip, then wrapped around the bulk of the strands (which were chopped shorter) before soldering. That gives both a mechanical and solder connection.

    * If you need to do a 90 deg bend close to the LED strip, plan your soldering and cut one of the wires an 1/4" shorter and separate the wires a little so that it's easy to put the bend in.

  5. works but too thick and sold by foot

    Posted by Dennis on 15th Jan 2015

    thicker than the wires that are supplied by the strip lights, seems unnecessarily thick for that amount of power. Also be advised it is sold by the foot. It is not mentioned in the title and hidden in the description. I did not buy enough so I could not use it in my application.

  6. lights

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Aug 2014

    very good

  7. wire

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2014

    just what I needed to connect the project together

  8. Works

    Posted by LarryB on 30th Dec 2013

    I installed my lights under three sets of cabinets and needed wire to run through the walls to connect them. They said to use 16 gage wire and this was cheaper than I could buy locally. I don't know why you need 16 gage when the light strips are 20 gage. Also, it is not color coded. I wrapped red electrical tape around one of the wires on both ends before running through the walls to make sure everything would be connected correctly.

Specifications for this Hybrid LED light kit

Product Hybrid Bright White/Warm White LED Strip Light
Color Temperature 2900K for Warm White and 6500K for Bright White
Lumen (Brightness) 3450 Lumens per reel
Quantity per unit You will receive a continuous 16ft section of lights
UL Listed? Yes UL Listed, Must be used with class 2 power transformer
Working Voltage 12v DC
Dimmability Fully Dimmable
Beam Angle 120 Degrees
Rigid or Flexible?

-Flexible installation up to 90 degrees. Used on curved surfaces

Power consumption 2.92 watts per foot
UV emission No
LED Count per reel 600 LEDs

2 years

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