10 General Hook Up Wire Phrases
1. Hook Up Wire
Hook up wire is generally described as single-conductor-wire that "hooks up" electricity. The problem with asking a supplier for hook up wire is that there are many different types of insulation that exert different voltage and temperature levels. Be sure to dig a little deeper before buying anything online.
2. Lead Wire
Lead wire is another term that means the same as hook up wire. Small lead wires are used in wire harness assemblies, electronic devices and appliances. Again, be careful when buying lead wire online because there are insulation and protection levels that alter the price of lead wire.
3. PVC Wire
PVC wire gets more specific because PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride, is a type of insulation with standard voltage and temperature levels. You can get UL1007 300 volt wire or UL1015 600 volt wire but you can't vary temperature or protection level of PVC wire.
4. PTFE Wire
PTFE wire and high temperature wire are both terms that require a temperature level higher than PVC insulation. PTFE stands for Polytetrafluoroethyene and it withstands temperatures up to 200°C instead of 105°C. PTFE hook up wire can also come in 600 and 1000 volts.
5. Automotive Wire
GXL, TXL, SXL and SGX are all types of automotive wire which have slightly more protection than PVC wire. They are used in automotive assemblies that require slightly higher heat protection up to 150°C. When you state that you need automotive wire there will be a few more questions to answer before matching you with the exact lead wire you need.
6. Electronic Wire
Electronic wire is another phrase used in place of PVC and PTFE wire. Electronic wire is used in electronic devices and appliances that remain indoors. The specific temperature, voltage and flexibility will need to be determined to make sure your installation is done correctly.
7. Electrical Wire
Electrical wire refers to wires that come out of your electrical box. They travel throughout your home to the light switches, outlets and appliances. They're designed to be stiff instead of flexible because once they're installed they remain in the same spot for life. They are typically much bigger in size than PVC and PTFE wire and rely more on the amount of copper than the insulation.
8. Building Wire
Building wire is another term very similar to electrical wire that contractors and electricians like to use. They need building wire for the electrical installation of THHN and NMB cable. Homes and buildings have very similar electrical wiring set up that travel from the electrical box throughout the walls to anything that needs power.
9. Mil Spec Wire
Many government agencies and contractors require hook up wire to be Mil Spec approved. Mil Spec is short for Military Specification which is basically a Military part number. Some of the wire mentioned above also has a Mil Spec number or a UL, Underwriters Laboratories, number that shows it has been approved by a third party. For instance, Joe Shmoe manufacturer will make a lead wire and say that it's rated for 600 volts and 105°C but who believes Joe Some manufacturer? Mil Spec approved wire means that the Military also approved it to handle the voltage and temperature levels and, therefore, want to buy the Mil Spec wire ONLY.
10. Dog Fence Wire
People constantly go online to find cheaper dog fence wire to lower the cost of the kit that can be purchased all together. Dog fence wire uses Polypropelene insulation which can be buried directly in the ground without affecting the life of the insulation. Many people will try to use THHN electrical wire in its place because it's cheaper. Well, it's cheaper for a reason and that reason is that THHN is not approved for direct burial and dog fence wire is approved.
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