I've just got some LED spots to go in a small cloakroom. What connector should I use to connect them to the mains? The mains wires to the driver are tiny (about 20AWG).

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Is there are recommended connector for these, or should I just use Choc-blocks?

  • I think in the UK you guys typically use terminal blocks, right? Why do you think they are not applicable to this situation? – Tester101 Oct 22 '14 at 13:41
  • It's not that I don't think they're applicable - just wondered if there was a better solution. Was just thrown by how tiny the wires were as I guess I'll have 2 x 1mm^2 mains cable on one side and this flimsy wire on the other. – Ben Oct 22 '14 at 16:19
  • By the way - just spotted these, which look ideal. Do you have something similar in the US? edwardes.co.uk/en/products/… (or these are pretty cool too: tlc-direct.co.uk/Images/Products/size_3/TLCT100C.JPG) – Ben Oct 22 '14 at 16:27
  • Those are pretty neat. We don't have stuff like that in the US, because we're not afraid of twist-on wire connectors. – Tester101 Oct 22 '14 at 16:44
  • I personally don't like terminal blocks because the screws can damage the wires. I would use crimp connectors or twist on connectors with a couple of wraps of electrical tape, ('cos I live in the US!) – user19614 Oct 23 '14 at 12:44

I'd use wire nuts to attach those to standard lamp cord, and put a standard plug at the other end...

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  • Nobody in the UK uses wire nuts (twist-on wire connectors). They think they're crap, and cause wires to spontaneously combust or something. – Tester101 Oct 22 '14 at 13:44
  • Also... You'll have an exposed splice with no strain relief, which sounds dangerous. – Tester101 Oct 22 '14 at 13:55
  • The fixture shown in the photo is intended for mounting through a hole in a panel. I presume wiring would be behind said panel. If the querant is doing something else, we need more detail. – keshlam Oct 22 '14 at 15:12
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    If you don't like wirenuts, you could use crimp connections. Or terminal blocks, but that's far more "exposed" than a wirenut splice. – keshlam Oct 22 '14 at 15:13
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    From what you posted, I pictured something like this. – Tester101 Oct 22 '14 at 15:21

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