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    Fluorescent sockets

    How bad is it to use thermostat Cable as fluorescent socket jumpers?
    Say the thermostat Cable was only rated for 150 volts. Obviously the output of ballast is more than 150 volts.
    Last edited by panhandle444; 05-04-17 at 07:27 PM.
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    Some is rated 300V tho most of it is rated only 60*C; pretty sure all fixture wiring needs to be 90*C+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFletcher View Post
    Some is rated 300V tho most of it is rated only 60*C; pretty sure all fixture wiring needs to be 90*C+.
    Ripped it out and put the 600 volt solid 16 fixture wire....not taking any chances, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFletcher View Post
    Some is rated 300V tho most of it is rated only 60*C; pretty sure all fixture wiring needs to be 90*C+.
    You're absolutely right for inside fluourscent fixtures. For wires that attach to sockets the Edison base (medium base) and mogul base lamps screw into, the temp rating of the insulation goes even higher. . . 125 degrees Centigrade, if I remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panhandle444 View Post
    Ripped it out and put the 600 volt solid 16 fixture wire....not taking any chances, thanks



    Quote Originally Posted by al hildenbrand View Post
    You're absolutely right for inside fluourscent fixtures. For wires that attach to sockets the Edison base (medium base) and mogul base lamps screw into, the temp rating of the insulation goes even higher. . . 125 degrees Centigrade, if I remember correctly.
    Yep and those quartz halogen lamps will smoke even 120*C wire given enough time. Leads to oven heating coils are often 120*C as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panhandle444 View Post
    How bad is it to use thermostat Cable as fluorescent socket jumpers?
    Say the thermostat Cable was only rated for 150 volts. Obviously the output of ballast is more than 150 volts.
    One reason voltage rating is not printed on CL3 and CL2 cable is to keep people from doing exactly what you are asking about.

    -Hal

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