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APPROXIMATE DIAMETERS OF ALL SUNDIAL WIRES

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DIAMETERS ARE APPROXIMATE AND VARY FROM LOT TO LOT.

If you have small tolerances, PLEASE ORDER A SAMPLE before committing to a larger order. You can order samples here: samples order page.

Please check that the diameter of each wire you order will fit in the aperture for which it is intended.

The measurements in mm are more accurate than the measurements in inches but vary from production lot to production lot. Please order a sample of the currently selling lot if your tolerances are very small.

Also, please do not choose solely based on what fits. Please make sure the gauge you choose is appropriate for the electrical draw of your device or fixture.

Please note that the parallel wire has two dimensions, height and width, since its shape is rectangular rather than round.

Twisted wire is measured at its widest point.

Gauge Wire Style Diameter
in Inches
Diameter
in mm
14-gauge Pulley Cord 13/32" 10.13 mm
18-gauge Pulley Cord 1/4" 7.0 mm
16-gauge Overbraid 9/32" 7.1 mm
18-gauge Overbraid 1/4" 6.5 mm
16-gauge Twisted Pair 9/32" 7.2 mm
18-gauge Twisted Pair 1/4" 6.5 mm
20-gauge Twisted Pair 5/32" 4.2 mm
22-gauge Twisted Pair 3/16" 4.5 mm
18-gauge Parallel 1/4" wide x 1/8" high 6.1 mm wide x 3.5 mm high
12-gauge Single Conductor 7/32" 5.2 mm
14-gauge Single Conductor 3/16" 4.4 mm
18-gauge Single Conductor 1/8" 3.6 mm

 



DIAMETERS OF PLUG OPENINGS

This table lists the size of the openings where the wire is inserted in the plugs we sell.

Please note the rectangular plug has a rectangular opening, hence the two dimensions. All the other plugs have round openings.

All of the button plug styles have the same diameter opening.

Plug Style Diameter
in Inches
Diameter
in mm
Button 9/32" 7.5 mm
Rectangular 7/16" x 5/16" 11.2 mm x 8.4 mm
Round with Neck 13/32" 10.7 mm

 



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SUNDIAL WIRE

Sundial Wire has been providing beautiful, high quality, cloth covered wire since 1991. Our wire is newly US-manufactured wire, constructed of copper wire covered in PVC and a cotton or rayon braid.

Sundial Wire started braiding wire when the supply in old hardware stores was drying up and no other companies were making it. We have always been committed to the highest quality American-made wire. This is why high-end decorators, interior designers, architects, movie decorators, and museums use Sundial Wire.

QUALITY

We sell cloth-covered wire braided with cotton or rayon only. Cheap imitations advertise only cloth-covered or fabric wire, which often has a nylon braid, which has a plastic look to it, unlike the cotton and rayon. Chinese cloth-covered wire sometimes contains aluminum rather than copper, not a safe alternative. And the twist on other wires is often loose and sloppy. With genuine Sundial Wire, you know what you are getting and you know you are getting the best quality.

MADE IN AMERICA

Other manufacturers claim that their wire is American-made. However, not only do we braid the wire right here in Massachusetts, but the wire is made in the US as well. We think we might be the only manufacturer who has only US braiding and only US-made wire.

HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS BUSINESS?

We are truly a mom-and-pop store, with Jim starting the company when he, working on a film crew, need cloth-covered wire for sets on the movie Billy Bathgate in 1990. We saw a need for beautiful wire as well as period-correct wire, and have grown beyond just supplying Jim's and others' set decorating needs. However, you can see our wire in such motion pictures as Water for Elephants, Suckerpunch, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Seabiscuit, King Kong, War of the Worlds, and dozens of other productions. Our wire has also appeared in the TV shows: Boardwalk Empire, Fringe, Bones, and Heroes, among others.





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September 23, 2014

Back In Stock

Currently available for shipment:

  • SKCKBZ -- SOCKET: CAST BRASS, ANTIQUE BRASS FINISH, KEYLESS
  • SKBKRBK -- SOCKET: BLACK BAKELITE, KEYLESS WITH SHADE SUPPORT RING
  • W182CPBKXXMNS/F -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE BLACK COTTON PULLEY CORD
  • PCOVERBK -- PLUG COVER: Black cardboard

Current Ready-to-Ship Dates on Out of Stock Items

  • W182CPBKXXMNS/F -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE BLACK COTTON PULLEY CORD - by the spool -- ETA coming soon
  • W182CPPRLHMNS -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE RED & PUTTY LARGE HOUND'S-TOOTH COTTON PULLEY CORD - by the spool
  • W162CTPTGDMNS -- 2-CONDUCTOR 16-GAUGE PUTTY COTTON TWISTED WIRE WITH GOLD TRACER - by the spool -- ETA coming soon
  • W182CTBKXXMNS -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE BLACK COTTON TWISTED WIRE - by the spool -- ETA coming soon
  • W182RTGDXXMNS -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE GOLD RAYON TWISTED WIRE - by the spool -- ETA coming soon
  • W202RTGDXXMNS/F -- 2-CONDUCTOR 20-GAUGE GOLD RAYON TWISTED WIRE - by the foot and spool -- ETA coming soon
  • W222RTGDXXMNS/F -- 2-CONDUCTOR 22-GAUGE GOLD RAYON TWISTED WIRE - by the foot and spool -- ETA coming soon
  • SKCKBZ -- SOCKET: CAST BRASS, ANTIQUE BRASS FINISH, KEYLESS -- ETA coming soon
  • SKBKRBK -- SOCKET: BLACK BAKELITE, KEYLESS WITH SHADE SUPPORT RING -- ETA coming soon
  • W182RTWHXXMNS -- 2-CONDUCTOR 18-GAUGE WHITE RAYON TWISTED WIRE - by the spool