Can i use speaker wire for LED accent lights


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Old 02-04-22, 09:15 PM
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Can i use speaker wire for LED accent lights

I am hooking up some LED accent lights in my bathrooms. Would there be any reason i should not use 16/4 speaker wire instead of 16/4 RGBW wire? It seems to be about 1/3 the cost.

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I prefer to deal in specifics, so what are the listing types on each cable? Examples would be CL-2, CM, etc.
 
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If the cable is not run in a wall it should be fine to use the speaker cable. Otherwise, the cable will need to be rated for in-wall use.
 
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Keep in mind that you are comparing apples to oranges. They are very different types of cable. Speaker wire only has two conductors while the cable you mentioned has 4 so they aren't really interchangeable. You would have to run two strands of speaker wire which doubles the cost and ugliness of the speaker wire.

When comparing prices you also need to know your specifications to make sure they are similar quality. Comparing pure copper wire against CCAW (copper clad aluminum wire) isn't a fair competition.
 
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The speaker wire is $38 for 100ft vs $118 for 100ft. This is for a 12v 30LED/m LED accent lights system that will only have about 10ft of LED's and about 30ft of wire. Perhaps you could recommend an inexpensive option?

Southwire 100 ft. 16/4 Grey Stranded CU In-Wall CMR/CL3R Speaker Wire 58610923 - The Home Depot
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Ancor Flat Ribbon Bonded RGBW Cable, 16/4, 100 ft. 160110 - The Home Depot

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I would use the 16/4 speaker wire.
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The wire you need depends on the LEDs you are using. If you have RGBW LED's you need four conductor cable. If you have white LEDs then two conductor cable will work.
 
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RGB and has four connector on strip
 
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Thanks everyone, i decided to go ahead and use the RGB wire recommended. I found a decent price online on a brand name item so the difference is not much. thank you.

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