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Can you reduce amperage by using thicker wire or will this only avoid energy loss overheating and melting?

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2015-07-15 18:39:42
2015-07-15 18:39:42

Normal household current is carried over a 10/2 wire. This is good to carry up to 20 amps. The more amps you wish to carry the larger the wire required. The smaller the number the larger the wire. 8/2 is larger than 12/2.

outside of the "standard room temperature" of the resistance of a given size of wire there is something called "heating losses" in any given size of wire ... simply put, the resistance of a given length of wire increases as it's temperature increases... drawing current thru a wire causes a certain degree (no pun intended) of heating, thus raising the resistance and lowering the voltage/current available to the load... normally (with the proper size of wire for the length of run) these effects (rt resistance/heating losses) are minimal. another name for the heating losses is "IRsquared loss" .

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