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Old 10-07-2019, 09:25 AM   #1
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UV wire protection

I'm looking for a slip on wire cover to protect my solar panel wires from UV degradation. Has anyone used some with success?
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Yes. I used the split black wire loom. After 4 years it is still good. Plus easy to change when/if the day comes.


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Ken did you use the solid loom or the woven loom? Also do you recall what size? 1/2 or 3/4" ? Thanks
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FEP and PTFE insulated cables have very good inherent UV resistance.
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I was pleasantly surprised that standard two conductor 12 gauge boat cable with its white cover has held up well in this service. I was prepared to replace it after several years, but so far no sign of degradation.


If you want a single solution and not the split wire loom, SO cable with its black cover should hold up well. But it is not tinned wire like boat cable.


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Ken did you use the solid loom or the woven loom? Also do you recall what size? 1/2 or 3/4" ? Thanks

It was just standard cheap split loom. I don't remember the exact size but it should be only slightly larger than what you have to put into it.


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It was just standard cheap split loom. I don't remember the exact size but it should be only slightly larger than what you have to put into it.
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The black loom gets brittle but it takes a few years before it breaks instead of bending. But being split down the side, order another roll and replace it when it becomes brittle. Try not to bend it when it is cold (really cold) or it will break.
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I use the split loom black plastic.
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