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    Default High Heat Wire

    I have an old porcelain light fixture that I removed from the bathroom wall. I would like to rewire the fixture. I showed it to someone I work with and he questioned why they would have high heat wire in there. I went to the local electrical supply shop to pick up some replacement high heat wire and they said the same thing. Any suggestions? Do you think this wire is original to the fixture or not?



    With everything removed.

    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    That socket could probably handle a 200W lamp in it's day, if all you want to use is a 60W lamp, ordinary building wire should be fine.

    Good Luck from Wilsonville, Alabama
    Maurice Turgeon http://the semi-retiredelectrician.com

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    The wires may be the original, but today light bulbs have changed.
    You can rewire it with regular wires.

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    But since I already have the high heat wire, it can't hurt to use that, right?

    Thanks for the replies.
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    From the looks of the photo you have tinned copper wire with rubber and cloth insulation. If it's not brittle it should be fine but for ten cents you could replace them and be sure.

    Good Luck from Wilsonville, Alabama
    Maurice Turgeon http://the semi-retiredelectrician.com

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    No no no.....I mean I have "new" high heat wire that I picked up from the electrical supply shop here locally last Friday. They actually gave it to me since it was so short in length.
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: High Heat Wire

    Go ahead if you want to use the "new" wires. Just please don't forget to turn off the breaker.

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