UL1007 is one of the most basic types of hook-up wire and makes for an excellent general-purpose wire. Like several other hook-up wires, UL1007 utilizes a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) insulation that delivers many beneficial characteristics, like heat and chemical resistance, at a low cost. You can find UL1007 in many different products, but it’s commonly used for indoor appliances and electronics.
We sell UL1007 wire in many different sizes to suit various applications. Here at WesBell Electronics, you’ll find a high-quality product selection and customer service that’s second to none. Let’s take a closer look at UL1007 wire so you can make sure it’s the right one for the job.
What Is UL1007 Wire?
UL1007 goes by many names. It is also known as PVC 300-volt lead wire, hook-up wire, appliance wire, electronic lead wire and more. Any of these terms can describe a single-conductor wire, so you’ll need to carefully consider the attributes that each type has to offer. For instance, UL1015 wire is rated for 600 volts but can also be described as all of the terms just mentioned. Look at the voltage and temperature rating to make sure the wire you’re looking at can handle your application’s environment.
UL1007 wire is dual-rated with UL1569, which are both approvals given by UL, LLC. Companies that manufacture UL1007/UL1569 wire test the insulation to the maximum amount. Having a third party that also tests and approves the wire provides the end user with confidence that it will perform the same at its maximum voltage and temperature rating. For this reason, UL-style numbers have become very popular in the hook-up wire industry.
We mentioned that UL1007 uses PVC insulation, but its other main component is tinned copper strands that make up the conductor. These design elements provide several beneficial characteristics, such as:
- Temperature ratings from -20 to 105℃.
- Fire, chemical, water and ultraviolet resistance.
- Durability and moderate flexibility.
These aspects make UL1007 wire a good candidate for things like electronics manufacturing and repair and indoor appliance wiring. If you need a wire that can withstand high heat or higher voltages, there are similar options in the UL1015 and Type E wires, which we’ll go over later. We sell all of these wires and carry the UL1007 in a range of different colors, including black, blue, gray, orange, green, brown, red, violet, white and yellow.
UL1007 Wire Specifications and Approvals
We make sure to only offer UL1007 wire that abides by several third-party standards. In addition to its UL approvals, UL1007 also meets several other specifications and approvals:
- CSA Group
- Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
- Vertical wire flame test (VW-1)
3 Most Common Types of Hook-Up Wire
There are many different types of hook-up wire that you’ll likely come across when buying UL1007. Below are some of the most popular ones:
- UL1007 wire: UL1007 wire is rated for 300 volts and 105°C, with PVC insulation for indoor appliances, and electronics.
- UL1015 wire: UL1015 wire is rated for 600 volts, 105°C, with PVC insulation for indoor appliances, and electronics.
- Type E wire: Type E wire is rated for 600 volts, 200°C with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) insulation for high-temperature indoor applications.
Each type of hook-up wire has slight differences to support various applications. Make sure you talk to your wire and cable supplier about your project, so you know what you’re buying and that it can last in the application.
For low-voltage and low-current applications, hook-up wire is usually the most appropriate connector choice. Low voltage refers to a voltage range below 1,000 volts and is common for enclosed electrical equipment typically seen in homes and offices. To name a few commonly encountered applications, you can find hook-up wires in computers, control panels, appliances, electronic meters and business machines like photocopiers and laminating machines.
Stripping & Tin Dipping 300-Volt PVC Hook-Up Wire
Most of the time, lead wires use insulation made of rubber or thermoplastic materials that are sometimes insufficient for protecting against certain damaging factors, like heat. These insulations include PVC, polyethylene (PE), silicon rubber, polypropylene, neoprene and propylene diene elastomers. These materials use polymers that usually break and melt at temperatures beyond their respective thresholds. As a result, many users of hook-up wires resort to stripping and tin-dipping hook-up wire.
The first step is stripping, which is an easy process. You don’t need to be an electronics expert for this simple task, and you can even do it at home. Wire strippers are available in any hardware store — you’ll want one of these instead of using a pair of scissors, a cutter or a pocket knife.
Once you have a wire stripper, it is important to employ the proper technique in stripping the wire. While taking off the insulator, make sure to apply just enough force to avoid breaking or nicking the metal conductor inside. In removing the insulation with the stripper, make sure to be gentle in rocking it back and forth, followed by a swift motion of pulling the sheathing away.
Tin dipping is the final step to make sure the strands won’t fray upon delivery of the product. Professional help is needed in this case because it involves melting tin at a very high temperature. Hook-up wire is dipped in a molten tin bath at a temperature greater than 450℉ (or 252℃). With the principles of metallic bonding, two layers are formed: the interface that is a mix of the base material and the tin, and a layer that is made of pure tin.
You can reap several benefits from tin dipping the 300-volt hookup wire, namely preventing rusting and oxidation and adding soldering capabilities. In addition, the resulting material is nontoxic and it effectively resists wear and corrosion. However, the coating thickness is difficult to control. Despite this disadvantage, the pros typically outweigh the cons, thus making this a widely applied process. Lastly, tin dipping is compliant with the standards set for using the elements in electronic products that may be hazardous to people and the environment.
If you need tin-dipping for your hook-up wire, be sure to reach out to us when placing your order. We maintain a facility with certification from the International Organization for Standards (ISO). Our processes are ISO 9001-approved for safety and high levels of quality, and we can provide other services like stripping and cutting to length.
UL1007 Wire From WesBell Electronics
WesBell Electronics provides high-quality UL1007 wire and exceptional customer service. If you’re not sure what you need or have questions about UL1007 wire specs, our knowledgeable sales representatives are happy to help and get you the right wire for your application. Be sure to ask about our range of wire processing services to help you get to work more quickly.
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