UL1007 16 AWG Hook Up Wire Compared To UL1015

UL1007 and UL1015 are both types of PVC hook-up wire used indoors in applications such as appliances and electronic devices. Both come in about 10 solid color options along with an unlimited amount of striped color options making it very convenient for contract assembly houses that manufacture wire harnesses and assemblies.

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What is the Difference Between UL1007 and UL1015 Hook-Up Wire?

The two main differences between these types of hook-up wire are the outer diameter and the voltage rating. UL1007 wire is rated for 300 volts with an outer diameter of .016 inches while UL1015 wire is rated for 600 volts with an outer diameter of .030 inches. Other than those differences the two wires are nearly identical.

Both are tested and approved by UL, or Underwriters Laboratories, and CSA, or Canadian Standard Association. There was also a problem about 5 years ago with the inclusion of lead in hook-up wire which was removed and stamped as RoHS compliant, meaning lead-free. There are more restricted materials on the list of being RoHS compliant but lead was the main reason for getting the project completed. Most all wire and cable on the market is now RoHS compliant unless it was manufactured over 5 years ago. You can ask for a compliant specification sheet proving that it is if you need it for your records.

Both types of 16 AWG PVC wire (UL1007 and UL1015) are manufactured with 26 strands of 30 AWG tinned copper. The tin coating over the copper helps in the soldering process for contract assembly houses and personal users at home. Attempting to stick solder to bare copper is difficult but was proven easier with the additional tin coating over the copper. The tin adheres to the solder creating a much better and easier connection.

Feel free to call us with and questions you have about bare copper, tinned copper, PVC wire or the UL, CSA and RoHS compliant markings on the insulation. Everything from the copper strands to the markings on the insulation has a significant meaning in the application of that particular electrical wire. Make sure you consult your supplier or electrician to be sure the connection you’re about to make is the correct one. The worst that can happen is you’ll pick the brain of someone with direct experience in the industry to help you with your venture.