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    Default LED Lights - What Gage of Wire?

    Can anyone tell me what gage of wire they used for their cupholder (superflux) and speaker ring led lights? 16 gage?

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    I think I used 16awg because it is what I had a lot of. They draw next to no current, I wouldn't be too worried about what gauge you use. Whatever is cheap and handy.

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    I recently installed some color changing LEDs in a sailboat and I got away with wiring them with 4-conductor phone wire. I probably went too small, but it seems to have not lost any intensity.

    18 ga is the smallest wire allowed for general use for new boat construction, so I would think that if you choise that as a smallest size you would be okay.

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    Thanks guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by philwsailz View Post
    I recently installed some color changing LEDs in a sailboat and I got away with wiring them with 4-conductor phone wire. I probably went too small, but it seems to have not lost any intensity.

    18 ga is the smallest wire allowed for general use for new boat construction, so I would think that if you choise that as a smallest size you would be okay.

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    I used 4 conductor phone wire and I haven't noticed a loss either.
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    Yeah, I'm thinking 16ga is overkill? I'm running pretty thin to all my leds - maybe 22ga and never a problem with heat or anything.
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    22 gauge is fine, that's all mine are as well. With an average 4ma draw it's nothing. BUT for longevity of the wire and abrasion resistence I would go with Phils recommend and run 18ga or the 4 conductor phone.
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