Hints and Tips: Extension-Cords

Extension Cord Tips

Extension cords come in all shapes and sizes, and are meant for all sorts of work. However, it is wise to be as careful as possible in selecting the best one for your purposes. Extension cords are sometimes meant for indoor use only, which the packaging may not clearly state. Check the sticker on the cord itself for more accurate information.

Additionally, it is important to note ahead of time the amount of electricity your extension cord can handle. If you plan to have heavy-duty lighting, or large numbers of connected devices, you will need a heavy-duty cord. In this case, both the length and gauge are important. The higher the gauge, the thinner the wire or cord, and the less amperage it can safely handle. Also, the longer a wire becomes, the less amperage it can hold as well, so always use the shortest possible extension cords you can if you are doing large-scale lighting.