## Does wire size affect amperage?

The larger diameter of the bigger wire offers more area for electrons to move through the circuit. For this reason, smaller gauge wire is rated for lower amperage (electric current) limits than larger gauge wire. The smallest size of common household wire can carry 15 amps of current.

## What is the amp load for 12 gauge wire?

20 amps

RULES OF THUMB “Twelve-gauge wire is good for 20 amps, 10-gauge wire is good for 30 amps, 8-gauge is good for 40 amps, and 6-gauge is good for 55 amps,” and “The circuit breaker or fuse is always sized to protect the conductor [wire].”

**What size wire do I need for a 100 amp subpanel?**

#4

The cable must have a wire gauge sufficient to the amperage of the subpanel—a 100-amp subpanel requires #4 copper wires or, more commonly, #2 aluminum wires, for example. (Aluminum is often used for feeder cables because the cost is typically much lower than that of copper wires.)

### What size wire do I need for 50 amps?

50 AMP Wire Size For a maximum of 50 amps, you’ll need a wire gauge of 6. Fifty amp breakers are most often used to power many different appliances. However, a kitchen oven can alone require 50 amps. Many electric dryers also require a 50 amp breaker.

### Is Thicker wire always better?

Thicker is never worse than thinner electrically, but after some diameter the extra area gives you less and less return. This effect is proportional to frequency, so thicker cable is more useful for something like 60 Hz power as apposed to 10 kHz signal to a loudspeaker.

**What happens if you use the wrong size wire?**

If too small of a size is used, the wire could melt because of the large amount of current flowing through it compared to how much the cables can handle. The smaller the wire diameter, the higher the resistance there will be to the flow of energy.

#### What size of wire do I need for a 60 amp breaker?

For 60 ampere breakers, electricians and professionals suggest using a wire size gauge ranging from 6 AWG to 4 AWG. All household wires have a rating of at least 600V, so only amperage really matters when it comes to determining wire gauge.

#### Can a 60 amp breaker feed a 100 amp sub panel?

You can feed a 100 Amp panel with a 60 Amp breaker. Keep in mind that the sub panel needs to be rated above the breaker size.

**Is it OK to use thicker wire?**

## What gauge wire for amperage?

Electrical current is measured in ampacity , and each wire gauge has a maximum safe carrying capacity. For standard non-metallic (NM) cable, these amperage capacities are: 14-gauge wire: 15 amps. 12-gauge wire: 20 amps.

## What is the amp rating for 18 gauge wire?

Lamp Cord Requirements. The 18-gauge wire inside a lamp cord is rated for a maximum current draw of about 5 amps. That’s more than enough for a typical 120-volt lightbulb — or even several of them.

**What is the amperage rating of 10 gauge wire?**

NEC 10-gauge copper wire has a rating of 30 amps. 10-gauge solid copper wire in general has a resistance of almost exactly 1 ohm per 1000 feet. The rating is limited by how much heat the insulation was designed to withstand.