Frequently Asked Questions: Hook-Up Wire and Lead Wire

Hook-up wire and lead wire

Hook-up wire and lead wire

When Would Hook-Up Wire Be Used?

Hook-up wire is in the family of lead wire that may be used for low-voltage, low current applications and is a single insulated conductor. These wires are designed for reliable and consistent performance, as well as built to comply with rigid industry and government specifications for your quality assurance needs. Hook-up wire is frequently used in control panels, automotives, meters, ovens, as internal wiring of computers, electronic equipment, business machines, and appliances. The wire is most often used within enclosed electronic equipment. Certain types of lead wire may even be used in challenging military applications.

What Styles of Hook-Up Wire Can I Purchase from Allied Wire and Cable?

Allied stocks a plethora of UL-rated PVC Hook-Up Wire that includes UL 1007/1569, UL 1015 and UL 1061. Allied Wire and Cable carries hook-up product lines of irradiated lead wire, Mil-Spec lead wire, and PTFE lead wire. Most of Allied Wire and Cable's lead wire is UL- and/or 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.

What Are the Key Features of Hook-Up Wire?

  • Offered with both stranded and solid conductors that are either bare or tin-coated, with other plating options available for special application needs.
  • Easy circuit identification based on color-coded insulation.
  • Compliance with UL, CSA, and Mil-spec specifications

What Types of Insulation Materials Are Available for Hook-Up Cable?

  • Ethylene-Propylene-Diene Elastomer (EPDM): provides excellent flexibility over a wide range of temperatures.
  • Neoprene: Synthetic rubber well-suited to chemical applications. Resistant to oil, flames, and chemicals.
  • Silicone rubber: Provides superior flexibility but lacks toughness and fluid resistance.
  • Thermoplastic: Materials including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Highly flexible and provide resistance to moisture or chemicals. Each material has unique advantages and disadvantages.

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