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100 ft. 14-Gauge Stranded Speaker Wire

$26.97 /each

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This 100 ft. 14-Gauge Speaker Wire features copper and aluminum conductors insulated and jacketed in PVC. It has very good flexibility. Use this wire to connect speakers to your stereo or home theater receiver.

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Why is it not recommended for in wall installation?

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June 29, 2016
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It's simply not made to that specification-- I don't know the code requirement, but I assume the insulation is not of the required thickness / temperature resistance.
If you look at the actual in-wall stuff they sell, the insulation on the conductors themselves is of a higher-grade plastic (as opposed to the rubber stuff you see here) and both conductors are then wrapped in ANOTHER insulator on the
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It's simply not made to that specification-- I don't know the code requirement, but I assume the insulation is not of the required thickness / temperature resistance.
If you look at the actual in-wall stuff they sell, the insulation on the conductors themselves is of a higher-grade plastic (as opposed to the rubber stuff you see here) and both conductors are then wrapped in ANOTHER insulator on the outside-- that would seem to be the minimum in-wall requirement.
In my opinion, however, it's all a little silly-- don't short the conductors, staple through the insulation, or do anything else amateurish or stupid, and you should have nothing to worry about.
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June 22, 2016
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This cable, even though 14 ga, does not have an external jacket to protect the 2 wires from a cable pull through walls, attics, or basements. Some communities have low voltage codes that prevent cables from being installed that are not fire rated.
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North Port, Florida, 34287
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May 10, 2016
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The plastic insulator of the wire is not blended for exposure to extreme environments such as humidity, heat and cold over extended periods of time. Speaker wire can be used for in wall, low voltage, low amperage applications if you use PVC conduit to take it between the point of connection to the point of use PVC box. Also, be aware that this wire is not UL approved.
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Santee, CA
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December 15, 2015
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The only reason I can think of is maybe some kind of shielding issue. I ran mine through the wall/attic to some high-end surround speakers and couldn't be happier.
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Minnetonka, MN
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October 20, 2015
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Sure, you can use this wire for in-wall installation and connect it to speaker jacks, also sold at Home Depot.
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Tolovana Park, OR 97145, USA
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August 25, 2015
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Wires installed "in wall" need special protection against a fire hazard.
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UL approved?

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January 21, 2016
I put this in the walls for a new home. I asked the building department prior to installing it if there was any regulation and was told no. Low voltage speaker wire is not inspected or regulated. Now that the walls are finished, insulated and rocked, the electrical inspector tells me i need the packaging stating that it is UL approved. that was never stated when i inquired earlier.

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Norwalk, CT
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but this is not approved for in-wall installation as clearly stated on the packaging.
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No it is not UL approved.
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The wire is not UL approved.
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Could this be used for low voltage installs?

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No more than 14 volts would be running through it... Of course with the right gauge for the distance covered. I just really don't feel like paying for another conductor I'm not going to use...
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Don't do this. It's not the voltage you have to worry about, it's the current. I don't know what you're trying to do here, but low voltage lighting, in particular, would be a HUGE no-no.
I suppose you can use this as plain ol' bell wire or thermostat wire, but a) why would you want to? And b) even then those applications typically expect solid core cable, not the stranded that you see here.
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Don't do this. It's not the voltage you have to worry about, it's the current. I don't know what you're trying to do here, but low voltage lighting, in particular, would be a HUGE no-no.
I suppose you can use this as plain ol' bell wire or thermostat wire, but a) why would you want to? And b) even then those applications typically expect solid core cable, not the stranded that you see here.
Bottom line-- use the right tool for the job and you'll never have to worry.
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Yes. 24 volt or less.
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The issue is not the voltage, but the amperage. 14AWG wire is capable of carrying 15 amps, but the American National Electrical Code specifies no more than 80% of capacity, or 12 Amps. [15 x .8 = 12] So, if you are using it for 14 volts (AC or DC) and it's less than 12 Amps - you should be ok.
That being said, remember that this wire is not UL approved so be careful where you install it as a local, Read More
The issue is not the voltage, but the amperage. 14AWG wire is capable of carrying 15 amps, but the American National Electrical Code specifies no more than 80% of capacity, or 12 Amps. [15 x .8 = 12] So, if you are using it for 14 volts (AC or DC) and it's less than 12 Amps - you should be ok.
That being said, remember that this wire is not UL approved so be careful where you install it as a local, city or state, inspector may disqualify it in a home installation. Read Less
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Exterior of one reel clipped with damaged insulation What can I say, it's speaker wire. Get the 14 gauge at least as the 16 is silly thin at this length. One reel of this (I should have returned it, but instead I just cut around it) was damaged on the outside, nicking the insulation, and forcing me to cut it at that break-- annoying at the very least. If you're a code freak, technically this isn't plenum cable so keep it out of your wall-- the plenum stuff, at least at my store, starts at 500 ft and it's $200+, so that was out for me. :-) June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VERY GOOD PRODUCT AT A GOOD PRICE As a retired Broadcast Engineer, I guess I've bought tens of thousands of feet of wire & cable over the years so I definitely know the good and the bad. This is very good 14 ga speaker cable for surface installation. I would not recommend it for permanent in-wall installation as it's not rated for that purpose. June 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good for other low voltage applications 14AWG wire is rated for 15 amps as specified in the US National Electrical Code which means you are allowed to use 80% of it's amperage rating, or 12 amps. [15 amps x 0.8 = 12 amps.] Since my particular application was for 12VDC, 1 Amp, I used this wire for installing a few low voltage LED ceiling lighting fixtures in my study. I installed a Leviton slide dimmer that uses 120AC into the LED AC to DC transformer using the transformer's wiring. From the 12VDC tap of the transformer I used the 14AWG stranded speaker wire directly to the LED light fixture. Total load on the 14AWG Stranded Speaker Wire is 12VDC/1 Amp. To insure "meeting code" all the wiring to the fixtures were routed in a PVC 1/2" tubing. May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Its Wire What can I say.....its wire. What could go wrong? Not too much to say other than trying to meet the minimum amount of characters required for this field. May 31, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great value Better product and price than a national discount chain. the one that advertises low prices everyday. will purchase again for my next project. May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Product as described Nice sized wired for a good price. Plastic jacket is easy to cut. Wires are color coded (silver and copper) for easy polarity. Used for a 9.2 in wall speaker setup. March 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice wire It is nice wire. Easy to work with. Just make sure you get more than you need. January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by just what my husband needed Exactly what my husband needed, for the outside Christmas lights January 5, 2016
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