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difference between automotive and speaker wire?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Walt, Apr 30, 2005.

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  1. Walt

    Walt Guest

    Is there a difference between 16ga automotive wire and 16ga speaker
    I want to put lights on my homebuilt trailer and I have a 1000 ft of
    16ga speaker wire taking up shelf space.
    Would it be safe to use?
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  2. JohnR66

    JohnR66 Guest

    I suppose some grades of "automotive" wire would be resistant to fuels,
    oils, de-icing chemicals, heat and such. If your wire is not subject to this
    and too much flexing, it could work, however, without knowing the load, i
    can't say if 16 Ga. wire is heavy enough.
  3. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    It depends on whay kind of speaker wire. If its typical indoor home stereo
    type in extreme environment heat/colds the insulation may crack.... UV may
    breakdown insulation. It will probably work ok for the short term. 14 ga
    wire would be mechanically more robust.
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