Cheap Orange Wire Nuts


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Old 02-14-14, 11:16 AM
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Cheap Orange Wire Nuts

How is it the manufactures of light fixtures can supply those cheap orange wirenuts with their products but don't mention wire capacity in the installation instructions?

In my experience, I never get to hook up fixtures when there are only a white, black and ground waiting for me. Usually its multiple wires under one nut. And those orange jobs don't look like they can hold much more than a #14 and #18.

Its kind of scary to think how many of those nuts are in service with way to many wires under them....

Unless I am way off base here?
 
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Old 02-14-14, 01:10 PM
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Look inside and you will often find no spring.
 
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Old 02-14-14, 01:17 PM
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You are right..... those cheap orange wire nuts come with most fixtures. They're only good for the fixture wire and a single #14... possibly a single #12 if you are careful.
I just toss them in the pail and use new ones.
 
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Old 02-14-14, 01:21 PM
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I throw them away and use USA made "tan" ones.
 
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Of course I know and you know to toss them but think about how many people cram wires into them.... At the very least you would think the instructions would have warning.
 
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Old 02-14-14, 02:52 PM
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I use to do maintenance for an apartment complex. The owner bought cheap made in China mini blinds for the apartments. While they were all the same brand it was amazing the assortment of inappropriate screws that were included, often different from package to package. It seemed obvious they came from several manufacturers who just threw in what ever screws were cheapest to meet the contract agreement to include unspecified screws. I suspect the same is true with the wire nuts.
 

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I don't do much electrical work but I always save those small wire nuts for automotive type wiring and use 'real' ones for 120 volt work
 
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Look inside and you will often find no spring.
You had to say that? I replaced another fixture today, someone wired it up with lamp cord spliced to the house wiring and used tiny white wirenuts.... thinking of this post I looked inside and all that was there was plastic threads. No spring, first time I ever saw that!
 
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Old 02-15-14, 01:56 PM
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No spring, first time I ever saw that!
Common in low end fixture from BigBox.
 
 

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