Ceiling fan wire issue


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Old 12-11-16, 09:32 AM
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Ceiling fan wire issue

I'm trying to thread new wire into a narrow light fixture part. It requires two 18 gauge wires...I can only get one to go all the way through. Please advise.
 
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Old 12-11-16, 10:31 AM
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Ceiling fan ?

You can't pull one wire at a time.
You run one smaller wire in first and use it as a pull wire for the other two.
Use some dishwashing soap as a lube for pulling the wire.
 
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Old 12-11-16, 03:58 PM
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Thanks.
As you can see I did get one wire through. I also tried attaching a smaller wire , but there is that 90 degree turn...both can't go through. Let me ask. I'm using 18 gauge. Can I use a higher gauge for a 40w bulb?
 
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Old 12-18-16, 10:29 AM
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This link shows current ratings for various gauges of wires.

20 gauge can handle 1.5A.

P = 120V x 1.5A = 180W
But never take it up theoretical vale. I'd go max 40% of it.

So theoretically, you shouldn't have issue with 40W bulb. But if something to happen, depend on your circuit breaker, it may not trip until 15A/20A, which can cause a fire.

Since, 40W at 120V can draw ~.1A, I'd put a 125V .5A fuse in line, which will break if it accidentally burns 60W.

You can also use LED bulbs. But I'd still put a fuse in line for safety. After years, I'd forget and may put in a 75W bulb.
 
 

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