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Wire Gauge Size Chart American Wire Gauge standards range from0000 (which can handle up to 302 amps) to 40 (which can handle up to 0.0137 amps). Most household and commercial wiring demands range from 2 (95 amp maximum) or 3 (85 amp maximum) to 14 (15 amp maximum).

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  • How many amps does wire gauge mean?

  • Wire Use Rated Ampacity Wire Gauge; Low-voltage lighting and lamp cords: 10 amps: 18-gauge: Extension cords (light-duty) 13 amps: 16-gauge: Light fixtures, lamps, lighting circuits: 15 amps: 14-gauge: Kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor receptacles (outlets); 120-volt air conditioners: 20 amps: 12-gauge

  • How do you choose an adequate wire gauge?

  • To choose an adequate wire gauge, determine the amp draw (amperage) that the wire circuit will carry. Then measure the distance that the wire will travel (length) including the length of the return to ground (the ground wire running to the chassis or back to a ground block or battery.

  • What gauge wire do I need for a 20 amp circuit?

  • For the 20 amp circuit, on the other hand, the 12 gauge wire would be an optimal choice. 10 gauge wire is rather cheap per foot. iGreely, for example, offers 8 gauge wires for $1 to $5 per foot (longer 10 gauge wires are cheaper per foot):

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