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Frequently asked questions about hook-up wire

Frequently Asked Questions: Hook-Up and Lead Wire

What is Hook-Up Wire?

Hook-Up Wire is a wire with a single insulated conductor that may be used for low-voltage, low-current applications. Hook-Up wire works well in enclosed spaces and comes in a wide variety of constructions with various conductors, insulations, and jacket materials available. Most hook-up wire is rated at 600V, but temperature ratings vary depending on construction.

What applications use Hook-Up Wire?

Hook-Up Wire is frequently used in control panels, automotive, meters, ovens, internal wiring of computers, electronic equipment, business machines, and appliances. Hook-up wire is most often used within enclosed electronic equipment, and certain types may even be used in challenging military applications.

What styles of Hook-Up Wire can I purchase from Allied Wire and Cable?

We stock a variety of UL rated PVC Hook-Up Wire, including UL 1007/1569, UL 1015, and UL 1061. Allied Wire and Cable carry Hook-Up product lines of Irradiated Lead Wire, Mil-Spec Lead Wire, and PTFE Lead Wire. Most of our lead wire is UL/CSA Recognized or meets military specifications. Your sales representative will best be able to identify the type of lead wire you require based on your product specifications.

We also offer a wide variety of value-added services that can be applied to Hook-Up Wire. If your next application has strict requirements, we can also help you design a custom-made Hook-Up Wire to meet your needs.

What types of insulation materials are available for Hook-Up Wire?

  • PVC
  • PTFE
  • EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene elastomer)
  • Hypalon
  • Neoprene
  • Silicone Rubber