I have a set of lights I am going to install and I have a question about the type of wire. I have a couple hundred feet of 18 gauge speaker wire available that is already paid for. Is the insulation on speaker wire thick enough for the load that 4 of these Flush Mount LED Bolt will pull? I am placing lights under the hood and for puddle lights. I just want to ask before I wire them up. The wire I have is like this GE 100' 18g Speaker Wire - Stranded-76497 at The Home Depot. I can buy other wire, but I already have this stuff. Thanks for your input.
03-24-2013 09:39 PM
There is no mechanical or electrical reason this will not work. It IS unconventional to use that type of wire in this type of application. Take your time and do a good job on your connections. Soldering would work best, but properly crimped/sealed butt splicing is a close second.
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03-25-2013 09:23 AM
I am using an SPOD and just wanted to make sure that the speaker wire would be ok. I'd hate to buy more if this will work fine. I have used it for many car/truck stereo installs, but if I am going to solder all this in I just want to do it once. Thanks.
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03-25-2013 01:43 PM
18G wire should be fine for those small lights. As in all installations, keep the wire run as short as possible. There will be less current loss and voltage drop.