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Thread: Gauge of Speaker Wire
12-14-2010, 08:20 PM #41'06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten
12-14-2010, 08:39 PM #42
Now are you positive you didnt have whine before the new upgrade?
Steps to try
Make sure the Stereo is grounded at the battery terminal not a ground block, also make sure the amps are grounded to the battery as well. If you are using a distro block for the amps it needs to be grounded directly to the battery.
If this is all done and you still have whine then you will have to disconnect the upgrades to see if thats truly causing the whine.
The main point is anything you add needed to have a solid ground and thats hard in a boat and normaly stereo whine is actualy due to the sterio ground not the added upgrades grounds.Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
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12-14-2010, 08:47 PM #43
12-21-2010, 12:47 PM #44
In an attempt to recycle some of the used materials, i was considering using the 24 awg I'm pulling out of the tower to run power and ground to LED lights.
Is 24 awg heavy enough to run LED lights? Most likely a flex strip or two. Based on my rationale (pulls WAY less wattage than speaker did), it should be plenty, but of course there is something I might be missing.2006 Supra 24SSV
12-21-2010, 02:00 PM #45
Right, LEDs pull very little current so a limited number of LEDs over a limited distance should be fine with 24 gauge. But, do this surefire check: Run two strips side by side with one having a short lead wire and the other having the longer anticipated length of wire. If you see no difference in brightness then you know for sure the wire is sufficient. If one is dimmer then you know to upgrade to say 18 gauge which would be the maximum needed for any length and quantity applicable to a towboat.