What is an Extension Cord?
An extension cord, or power extender, is a length of electrical power cable with a plug on one end and sockets on the other.
What gauge size do I need?
The gauge of the extension cord refers to the thickness of the conducting wire. The higher the gauge the thinner the conducting wire inside the extension cord and thus the lower the flow of electricity. The wire's thickness directly affect the amount of amps it can carry, so a thicker wire will ensure more free-flowing electricity.
How does length affect gauge?
A cord, based on its gauge, can power an appliance of a certain wattage but only at specific distances. As the cord gets longer, the current carrying capacity of the cord gets lower.
What is a Weather Resistant Extension Cord?
Weather resistant power cords are made of durable materials and can operate in temperatures up to 140° F and down to -40° F.
What type of Extension Cord should I get?
Twist Lock – twists together cords to prevent them from being pulled apart.
Lighted End – lights up to show that the cord is connected and that power is running through it.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) – will automatically shut off the power to the cord should there be a ground fault.
Push Lock – locks plugs together to keep them from being pulled apart. To release you only need to push a button for them to release.
GFCI Extension Cord – will function as a GFCI outlet and extends the GFCI receptacle.
Temporary Power Cord – will provide power from a temporary power box to any electrical device.
Spring Rewind Power Wheel – has a factory balanced spring motor that can self-retract the cord.
Power Block – converts one receptacle into three.
What is a T5 and T8 extension cord?
These extension cords were specifically designed for T8 or T5 integrated LED tube lights.