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I have the standard 16 channel connector for LEDs and incandescents.  I did my low voltage wiring over the summer for our lighting and have about 500 feet left of the 16-2... was considering using it for extension cords but am not sure and can't seem to find much on the forums about it.  

Thoughts?

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12 minutes ago, marcmiller04 said:

I have the standard 16 channel connector for LEDs and incandescents.  I did my low voltage wiring over the summer for our lighting and have about 500 feet left of the 16-2... was considering using it for extension cords but am not sure and can't seem to find much on the forums about it.  

Thoughts?

LV lighting cable is intended for 12/24V lighting and does not have a 300V insulation rating.  Use 16-2 SPT2 wire if you need more than 3A of 120V, otherwise 18-2 would be fine  (It seems SPT-2 is easier to find at HD or  Lowes)

One last point.  There are no Vampire plugs / outlets designed for that cable. The ones with screws are $$$

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40 minutes ago, TheDucks said:

LV lighting cable is intended for 12/24V lighting and does not have a 300V insulation rating.  Use 16-2 SPT2 wire if you need more than 3A of 120V, otherwise 18-2 would be fine  (It seems SPT-2 is easier to find at HD or  Lowes)

One last point.  There are no Vampire plugs / outlets designed for that cable. The ones with screws are $$$

I'm ok spending some money on decent plugs, I'll see if I can sell the 500 feet I've got, and get that spt2. I'd rather be over sized that have something else happen. 

 

Thanks for the response

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6 minutes ago, marcmiller04 said:

I'm ok spending some money on decent plugs, I'll see if I can sell the 500 feet I've got, and get that spt2. I'd rather be over sized that have something else happen. 

 

Thanks for the response

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