What kind of cable should I use to connect seven 50 W light. The cable draw power
from a 10A supply.
One thing I do not understand is that I have to use pretty thick wire but table
lamps have thin cables. What's the story here?
The size of the wire will depend on how far your lights are from the power
In simple terms there are low voltage/high current circuits and high
voltage/low current circuits. The larger the current , the bigger the wire
will need to be to carry the same ammount of power. If the wire is not big
enough or too long for the size , the voltage will drop in the wire and the
light will not be as bright.
A 50 watt light operating on 120 volts will take about .4 amps and you can
run small wire a long distance. The same light operating on 12 volts will
about 4 amps. That is a 10 times differance so the wire will need to be
If this is a typical house wiring job, say to install some ceiling
lights in a dining room, then 14 gauge Romex is what would typically
be used. But it can also depend on the location and other details of
the install. Since this circuit is only 10amp, it must be fairly old
The cable for 7 lights has to be a heavier gauge than the wire for one
table lamp because it must support the load of 7 lights, not just one.
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