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When buying a roll, should i make sure that it is SPT-1W and not SPT-1? Going to be used of course outside in winter to power display. I have been given advice from electricians to make sure its SPT-1W to even consider using.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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I have not seen SPT-1W used for SPT wire, but I checked and

The "W" in the SPT-1W indicates that this wire has been engineered for outdoor use and can be used in all weather conditions.

In Canada that may be what you need due to the weather conditions, most people just use plain SPT-1 or SPT-2.

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When looking at suppliers in the USA, some use the "W" and some don't. I am just trying to wrap my head around if I would be safe enough with without the "w" for the cost savings.

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I'd like to know the answer to this, too. I am just plugging into an outdoor outlet for the system. Nothing too fancy. It's a run on my roof that drops down to hit trees on the other side of the driveway. It is just connecting LED light strings together.

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Always go oversize on wire,you wont regret it. Sure ,it's more expensive  (a tad) ,but wouldn't you be mad if the voltage drop,causes a burn out of light sets,due to not enough capacity...all our power drops are 12 and 10 guage cords. The longest is 48ft and we use a yellow jacket, 10ga extension cord for the 6 way power tap. Yea, it's custom,can't buy it this way. The outlet measures 124.8 volts and at the power drop (6 way) measures 124.7...so this being said, go oversize on ALL cords!! You won't regret it. 

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56 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

Always go oversize on wire,you wont regret it. Sure ,it's more expensive  (a tad) ,but wouldn't you be mad if the voltage drop,causes a burn out of light sets,due to not enough capacity...all our power drops are 12 and 10 guage cords. The longest is 48ft and we use a yellow jacket, 10ga extension cord for the 6 way power tap. Yea, it's custom,can't buy it this way. The outlet measures 124.8 volts and at the power drop (6 way) measures 124.7...so this being said, go oversize on ALL cords!! You won't regret it. 

I'm not sure that I would use the word "always".  There are plenty of times that SPT1/2 is more than enough.  At some point you are just throwing away money using 10/12 gauge cords, when 18 gauge is plenty for the load.

Also, the time saved using vampire plugs on SPT cable is a real plus.

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When you buy a 50ft 10ga at a garage sale for 6 dollars and they had 9 of them....so I would say yes,Always...the price was right. I could say yes, vampire plugs are a god send. I haven't bought ANY extension cords, for our display , new...

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I don't think anyone can count on finding deals at garage sales when it comes to planning the power cabling for their light shows.  :)

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