All wiring is not created equal. Things like pliability, insulation and durability–the ability to withstand elements and erosion—can drastically alter the value and application of a given spool. One massively important factor is the conductor material itself. Plenty of wiring is made with copper-clad aluminum, which degrades more rapidly with time and use, depending on factors like insulation and application. Four out of five of these value options below are OFC-grade, meaning they’re made with 99.9% oxygen-free copper for better conductivity and durability, and all of them are value-priced.
Again, every wiring project is different, but no matter what, they all require quality and durability in your wires. From the wiring itself, copper- or aluminum-based, to the thickness and pliability of the jacket, it’s important to assess quality according to your needs. And whatever your specific needs, whether you go through a good amount of electrical wire in a home or professional setting, these five options will keep you in good shape, at reasonable cost.
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