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Old Apr 17, 2014, 01:20 AM
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What kind of wires for LED Soldering?

A few years ago I got into night flying. I bought some LEDS from hobbyking and put them on my Phoenix Evolution glider. I loved flying at night and it looked very good at night.

Anyway, I took all those LEDs off and took a year off from flying (mostly) because I got interested in bass fishing. Now I'm back flying (and fishing) and I want to put my old LED lights on my Pop Wing flying wing.

I am wondering - what wires do you use to wire together your LED strips? The wire I used a few years ago was rather thick and I want thinner wire. There is video by Flight Test on hooking up LEDs and in the video they say they use something called foam wire. I'm not sure what that is unless they were talking about the foam wire made to hang up plants.

So, what wires do you all use and are there any really thin wires that would be good that I can find at places like Lowes or Radio Shack or Menards?

Just to be clear, the wires I'm talking about are what you use to wire up your different strips of LEDs so you can connect them all together.

Thanks much!
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 03:20 AM
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I've had good luck with the wire in old ethernet cables. There's 8 strands of 22 or 24 gauge wire.
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 11:10 AM
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IF you want very thin and Cheap to buy wires? Local 1$ store for earbuds.
Or if after a wee bit thicker , but still thin /light .
Use the wires inside an old Mouse cord.
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 02:23 PM
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I use old parallel printer cables. They have many strands of nice color coded wire inside.
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Old Apr 20, 2014, 03:15 AM
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I use old parallel printer cables. They have many strands of nice color coded wire inside.
Wow, and I thought **I** was a packrat!!
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Old Apr 22, 2014, 06:59 AM
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Nevermind, Can't buy at radshack etc.
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Old Apr 24, 2014, 10:06 AM
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I've had very good luck with this stuff from JameCo. Comes in a bunch of colors too.

https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=734503

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I've had very good luck with this stuff from JameCo. Comes in a bunch of colors too.

https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=734503

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Is 26 gauge wire thin enough to easily work with when it comes to soldering LED strips together? I found some 36 gauge wire on hobbyking. Is 36 gauge suitable for LEDS or is it too thin?
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Old May 02, 2014, 08:55 PM
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Is 26 gauge wire thin enough to easily work with when it comes to soldering LED strips together? I found some 36 gauge wire on hobbyking. Is 36 gauge suitable for LEDS or is it too thin?
I've used 32 and 36 gauge servo wire with no problems. I'm experimenting with 31 gauge magnet wire for LED's in a balsa wing.
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Is 26 gauge wire thin enough to easily work with when it comes to soldering LED strips together? I found some 36 gauge wire on hobbyking. Is 36 gauge suitable for LEDS or is it too thin?
I've found it easy enough to work with. I'm flying multirotors, YMMV with planes or helicopters.

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