AWG Wire Gauges

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by tcgood1, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. tcgood1

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    Jan 23, 2006
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    Hi - I am relatively new to electricity and was wondering if there is a problem using 16-18 gauge wire in a cicuit that is mostly anywhere between 20-28 gauge.

    Also is there a problem if a series circuit has different size gauges throughout the cicuit? For instance, the circuit only needs 22 gauge but then connects to 18 and 16 gauge?

    Thanks!
     
  2. chesart1

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    Jan 23, 2006
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    Hi,

    The wire size does not matter in most circuits as long as the sizes support the circuit current. You could find more information at powerstream.com on the internet.

    John
     
  3. n9xv

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    Jan 18, 2005
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    As long as you going to a bigger size and not a smaller size your fine. How big/small depending on the current of course.
     
  4. Gadget

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    Jan 10, 2006
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    And as log as you arn't winding RF coils with it.
     
  5. thingmaker3

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    May 16, 2005
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    I've only run across one application where switching to a larger wire proved detrimental. A surveillance camera manufacturer had saved a little money by specifying AWG -vs- run length as a current-limiting means. It took hours for the vendor rep to convince me he wasn't joking.
     
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