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Old Jan 14, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Pretty well all models are pushing more Amps down the chosen wire gauge than optimal anyway.... it is just impractical to use the 'correct' wire gauge. So they just use smaller gauge, with silicone shielding to protect from the excess heat. Not that you should use it to THAT temp, but most are running 'warm'. But if you feel ANY temp then the gauge was not truly adequate.
In models you have to work within constraints. But the solder joints are like a 0% detriment to that equation.

This was a totally irrelevant analogy....
"Thats like ignoring the light bulb rating on your lamp and then not wonder why your electric bill is slightly higher."
The point/issue of over-spec is like:
"Ignoring the current specs on a switch, using it in a higher current application, and then it goes up in smoke" (or a wire lead etc....nothing to do with power bills!)
The reason you can't use a 100w bulb in a 75w "lamp" (it if even matters at all) is the HEAT they are allowing for... it will damage, or burn, the shade etc. It has nothing to do with wiring etc.
It COULD.... if they used very very thin wires etc, but they never do... generic stuff (eg typical lighting twin core) can do the 100w with ease too. They are quoting for a reason of HEAT.
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