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    hello i got a question i hope someone can answer for me my 2009 display will consist of all leds i was just wondering if there was anyway posible for me to run cat5 from the 120v relay outputs the toatal amps drawn is around .5 i just thought it would consitrably cheaper, easyer to organize my display and i have tones of it around.

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    I've seen a quote from Ernie that it's only good to 60v max - so in a word - nope. That would be handy for sure for many projects but it can't be used for this...
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    NO!! Don't do it!!! The insulation is not good enough. This is one area you don't want to cut a corner on. ;)
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    If you try it, it could be the first, and LAST time... After you've been killed and your house has burned to the ground, your family can sift through the rubble and maybe find your cat-5 crimper so they can bury it with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    If you try it, it could be the first, and LAST time... After you've been killed and your house has burned to the ground, your family can sift through the rubble and maybe find your cat-5 crimper so they can bury it with you.
    Whoa! That was graphic.:???:
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    Yeah - the burying with the crimper part may have been a bit over the top...

    Oh - by the way - did we answer your question quefol? :p
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    I am using solid 24 AWG wire (formally used and rated as Cat5) as individual pairs carrying 0.5A DC. The difference is I am only introducing 5V DC to it from my Ren24 LV. As stated before...Cat5 can't handle the 120V potential due to the thin insulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budude View Post
    Yeah - the burying with the crimper part may have been a bit over the top...
    :oops: :oops: :oops:

    I had to use the oops graphic because there wasn't one that had an egg-on-face image...

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    Well.. I thought it was an aptly appropriate use of "the large stick". It was important to make it clear that the proposal is exceedingly dangerous, and unwise. That goal was met. (But then again.. I often find humour in the most inappropriate circumstances)

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    oh no - sorry dirk - didn't mean to beat on you - the message was a good one - if not graphic. I think the message got across anyway which is the main thing! It is a very tempting thing to do with all the wiring we have - AC/DC, SSR interface, controller-controller, etc... A few less wires would be welcome - but yes - this is not the way to do it!
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