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PostSubject: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 4:23 pm

I want add some led strips to the car, what wire or cable do you guys use? I cant see to find anything near the gauge that my led's have come with but the wire is not long enough on them
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 5:18 pm

I use a twin core copper speaker cable for mine. Not sure what a proper automotive electrician would have to say about that though.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 5:22 pm

Hi CC the load on led's is very low,as Dave says speaker wire is good enough,a lot of people use telephone wire if that is any help.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 5:26 pm

Good tip Alfie, never thought of telephone wire. Help with wiring in led lights 3498837457
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 6:17 pm

Thank you gents that makes sense Help with wiring in led lights 881924
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 10:33 pm

for the LED strips I put on my panniers, I cannibalised an old phone charger... the wire on that was twin core & nice & lightweight. There was a rating marked on the cable, so I rang the LED supplier & he confirmed it was plenty beefy enough Wink

But if you're doing the daylight running light type things, I'm guessing they'll need something beefier. Maplins sell all kinds of cable???
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeThu Mar 21, 2013 11:16 pm

Maplins don't sell anything for LEDs, it was them in there tech department that originally advised me to use speaker cable.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeFri Mar 22, 2013 2:22 pm

A good tip for people reading this,if you are soldering wires together,always lay them side by side to solder them, and do not twist them together,this twisting method makes them joints weaker.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeSat Mar 23, 2013 8:53 am

Serious tip here, to follow on Alfies: If you want a good joint when you solder wires, get someone to hold the wires for you, especially if you're trying to splice wires while the lights/what-not are mounted. Taking a few minutes to find a willing participant can make all the difference!
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeSat Mar 23, 2013 10:06 am

Here is another one, heat the wire.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeSat Mar 23, 2013 1:30 pm

Dave this can be done by tinning,ie:heat a bit of solder on each wire before joining,these little tips are great for people learning and we should all keep them coming in to help each other.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeSat Mar 23, 2013 3:21 pm

Here is another one, don't short cut, use flux.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeSun Mar 24, 2013 3:47 pm

Mr Intruder wrote:
Here is another one, heat the wire.
alfie92 wrote:
Dave this can be done by tinning,ie:heat a bit of solder on each wire before joining
You should still initially heat the wire even when tinning so as avoid having a cold solder joint.
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Good point Dave,I stand corrected. Help with wiring in led lights 3005623951
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights    Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeMon Mar 25, 2013 11:00 pm

for anybody new to soldering a joint should look bright when finnished if it looks dull it's a dry joint which is weak & needs redoing Help with wiring in led lights 184121345
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeMon Mar 25, 2013 11:10 pm

That's a great tip. Help with wiring in led lights 3498837457
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PostSubject: Re: Help with wiring in led lights   Help with wiring in led lights Icon_minitimeTue Mar 26, 2013 9:08 pm

Excellant tip there Martin,this is what we need,tips and advice.
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The great tips that have come out of this thread have been amazing Help with wiring in led lights 433968
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