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Sep 14, 2022

3 Types of PVC Hook-Up Wire

As you’ve seen, there are many different types of hook-up wire, and PVC hook-up wire has several of its own subsections.

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1. Basic PVC Hook-Up Wire

Basic PVC hook-up wire comes in 300 and 600 volts and can be purchased on many online websites, including this one. It’s rated to withstand 105°C and many solvents, gases and oils. These lead wires are commonly used in wire harnesses that are placed in electronic devices and appliances that require lighting or controls. Each switch or light will need a wire connection to be turned on and off.

2. Irradiated PVC Hook-Up Wire

Irradiated hook-up wire is also known as solder-resistant hook-up wire because it resists solder iron heat during the assembly process. Most times, lead wires are cut to length and a small amount of insulation is stripped to expose the copper strands. The copper strands are then connected to a circuit board or a terminal for a wire harness.

This process often requires the use of solder and it’s applied at very high temperatures that normally melt basic PVC insulation. That problem was fixed with irradiated PVC insulation. You may want to use a soldering iron to protect the insulation which, in turn, protects the copper strands.

3. Alpha PVC ECO Wire

Alpha Wire recently designed their brand of EcoWire®, which is an environmentally friendly PVC hook-up wire. Alpha’s very popular EcoWire® and EcoWirePlus® wire are great for going green. It’s manufactured with a more durable PVC insulation that can withstand much more than your average lead wire. The best part is that the EcoWire® insulation doesn’t harm any part of the environment during production. Alpha Wire has always been a few steps ahead in the industry with a high-quality product.

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