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Table of Common Electrical Wire Sizes and Amps or Fuse Ratings - Residential
SEC Cable & Other Wire Ampacities for 1-3 Current-Carrying Conductors in Cable, Earth, or Raceway For 120/240-volt systems
sized between 100 and 400 amperes

AMPACITY Rating
AMPACITY Rating ALUMINUM Wire
COPPER Wire Conductors Electrical Wire Overall
Electrical Conductor
Conductors Also for Copper-Clad Diameter (approximate)
Wire Size or Gauge - Comments
Aluminum Wire
AWG or kcmil
Recommend Max Fuse inches / mm
Rating Recommend Max Fuse
Rating

Conductor Rating Conductor Rating


Temperature of 60 / 75 Temperature of 60 / 75 /
/ 90 °C 90 °C
Typical solid conductor telephone
"Bell wire" / 0.5mm or bell wire size, thermostat wire,
or 12-24V wire for controls
20 0.036 / 0.91 Also used for thermostat wiring [1]
Usually used for thermostat and
18 - / - / 14 0.046-0.040 / 1.16-1.02
HVAC control wiring
OK for thermostat and HVAC
16 - / - / 18 0.058-0.051 / 1.46-1.29
control wiring
Smallest size normally used for
14 15 / 20 / 25 Not Used 0.073- .064 / 1.84-1.63 household 120V wiring (copper
15A)

20 / 20 / 25
Smallest size normally used for
12 20 / 25 / 30 15A in common house 0.092-0.081 / 2.32-2.05 household 120V wiring (aluminum
wiring applications 15A)
ca 1970's

10 30 / 35 / 50 25 / 30 / 35 .116-.102 / 2.93-2.59
8 40 / 50 / 55 30 / 40 / 45 .146-.128 / 3.7-3.26
6 55 / 65 / 75 40 / 50 / 60 .184-.162 / 4.66-4.11
4 70 / 80 / 95 55 / 65 / 75 .232 / 5.88
2 95 / 115 / 150 75 / 90 / 100[5] .292 / 7.42

1 110 / 130 / 145 85 / 100 / 115[5] .332 / 9.43

1/0 or 0 125 / 150 / 170 100 / 120 / 135[5] .373 / 9.46

2/0 or 00 145 / 175 / 195 115 / 135 / 150[5] .419 / 10.6

3/0 or 000 165 / 200 / 225 130 / 155 / 175[5] .471-.470 / 12.0-11.9
About the largest wire size likely to
4/0 or 0000 195 / 230 / 260 150 / 180 / 205[5] .528 / 13.4 be found at residential electrical
SECs

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