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Old 05-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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How do you connect tiny 12 volt wires together?


I got some new sockets for my can lights and need to cut the existing wires and couple them to the 0.5 mm^2 socket wires. That's 24.5 gauge if I understand correctly. So obviously the small nuts at HD are too big (min 22 gauge). Any suggestions?


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Old 05-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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Small Blue or Small Grey wirenuts

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Even orange wire nuts should work. OR you can use ceramic terminal blocks, I prefer these actually.... wire nuts tend to break down after awhile from the intense heat....

http://www.tempco.com/Catalog/Sectio...m%20Blocks.pdf


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Danged, I tried to copy and post a photo, but: I like to use a "WAGO" brand wire terminal for small wiring. Google "WAGO" and you can find them. You just raise up the little lever, put the unstripped wire into the hole, release the lever, and you have a great connection. I buy them from Fastenal in my area (can I say that?).
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Danged, I tried to copy and post a photo, but: I like to use a "WAGO" brand wire terminal for small wiring. Google "WAGO" and you can find them. You just raise up the little lever, put the unstripped wire into the hole, release the lever, and you have a great connection. I buy them from Fastenal in my area (can I say that?).
I doubt those will last in an MR16 compartment... Remember ceramic won't become brittle from the high temps....
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Thanks I actually did find them at home depot. I got the yellow telephone wire nuts. It's led so I doubt heat will be an issue.

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You can solder and insulate with heat shrink tubing also!
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why wouldn't you just run the new sockets wires through the flex into the connection box like the current ones are and make the joints there. Or if it's a top mount connection box go that route, basically follow the path that the existing wires are going and replace at the first joint. The tails on the new sockets should be plenty long enough for that.

Those little plastic splices are going to melt next to an mr16, go with the ceramic if you have to make the joint.
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why wouldn't you just run the new sockets wires through the flex into the connection box like the current ones are and make the joints there. Or if it's a top mount connection box go that route, basically follow the path that the existing wires are going and replace at the first joint. The tails on the new sockets should be plenty long enough for that.

Those little plastic splices are going to melt next to an mr16, go with the ceramic if you have to make the joint.
They're 6 watts each. These sockets are not even close to long enough to stick through the hole in the can where the wires come through. And I really don't feel like going into the attic to splice 16 pairs of wires.

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