is 24 gauge wire too thin for switches and accessories?

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  1. Wally Hooker

    Wally Hooker New Member

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    Hi all!

    Is 24 gauge wire too thin for wiring switches? I can buy network or phone cable that has colored 24 gauge wire way cheaper than the Atlas 20 gauge ribbon cable. Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Wally
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Depends on what you mean by wiring switches. I have used phone cable to wire Atlas switch machines, which are momentary. I would not use it for constant track power. To small.
    For track power, I use 20 gauge for the feeders and 18 gauge for the buss wire.

    Loren
  3. Wally Hooker

    Wally Hooker New Member

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    yes, i mean for atlas switch machines.

    thanks!
  4. Dansco

    Dansco Member

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    FWIW: I used left over cat5 cable (networking) for my atlas machines, works fine.

    Thanks