## What diameter is 16 gauge wire?

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1.290 mm

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GAUGE | SWG DIAMETER (Inches) | AWG DIAMETER (Millimeters) |
---|---|---|

14 Gauge Wire | 0.0800 in | 1.626 mm |

16 Gauge Wire | 0.0640 in | 1.290 mm |

18 Gauge Wire | 0.0480 in | 1.024 mm |

20 Gauge Wire | 0.0360 in | 0.8128 mm |

## What gauge is number 2 copper wire?

AWG Copper Wire Size and Data Table Chart @ 100 Degrees F

AWG | Diameter | Area |
---|---|---|

0 (1/0) | 0.3249 | 106 |

1 | 0.2893 | 83.7 |

2 | 0.2576 | 66.4 |

3 | 0.2294 | 52.6 |

**Is 12 or 14 gauge wire better?**

A 14 gauge wire carries a limited current load of only 15 amperes. A 12 gauge wire can handle more current without overheating, which is better than the 14 gauge wire. A 12 gauge wire is also suitable for lights because it has less resistance due to its larger diameter.

### What is 10 gauge copper wire?

Solid wire with a diameter of 10 thhn is 1/2.59mm. The diameter of 10 gauge stranded wire is 19/0.58mm.

### How do I calculate copper wire size?

FAQ

- Multiply the resistivity (Ω•m) of the conductor material by the peak motor current (A), the number 1.25, and the total length of the cable (m).
- Divide the result by the voltage drop from the power source to the motor.
- Multiply by 1,000,000 to get the result in mm2.

**How many amps can 16 gauge wire handle?**

A 16 gauge wire can handle a maximum of 13 amps. The amperage of the wire is inversely proportional to the amount of current it transmits in amps. The larger the gauge size, the smaller the wire; hence, the lesser current it can transmit.

## What diameter is 14 gauge wire?

0.0641

Breaking Force for Copper Wire

AWG gauge | Conductor Diameter Inches | Ohms per 1000 ft. |
---|---|---|

12 | 0.0808 | 1.588 |

13 | 0.072 | 2.003 |

14 | 0.0641 | 2.525 |

15 | 0.0571 | 3.184 |

## What wire do you use for a 15 amp circuit?

14-gauge wire

A 15-amp circuit is usually served by 14-gauge wire and is protected by a 15-amp circuit breaker or fuse. A 20-amp circuit, protected by a 20-amp breaker or fuse, must be served by 12-gauge or 10-gauge wire.

**What is 14 gauge wire used for?**

14-gauge are usedfor light fixtures, lamps, lighting circuits with 15 amps. 12-gauge are used in kitchen, bathroom, outdoor receptacles, and 120-volt air conditioners supporting 20 amps. 10-gauge are used in electric clothes dryers, 240-volt window air conditioners, electric water heaters supporting 30 amps.

### When should I use 10 gauge wire?

RULES OF THUMB. Many techs will repeat these rules of thumb and rely on them in all circumstances: “Twelve-gauge wire is good for 20 amps, 10-gauge wire is good for 30 amps, 8-gauge is good for 40 amps, and 6-gauge is good for 55 amps,” and “The circuit breaker or fuse is always sized to protect the conductor [wire].”