Alternative Approaches to Connecting Electrical Wires

  • In-line connectors. …
  • Wire nuts. …
  • Spade terminals. …
  • Butt-splice connectors. …
  • Bullet connectors. …
  • Wire-splice connectors. …
  • Butt-splice connectors with IDT. …
  • Over to you…

Can you use tape instead of wire nuts?

Never use tape in place of wire nuts—it’s simply not secure enough, and it’s vulnerable to damage. Some people like to use wire nuts and wrap them with tape. This fine to do, but you probably won’t find any wire nut manufacturers advising you to do it.

Are push connectors as good as wire nuts?

Wire nuts require proper wire stripping and splicing technique to ensure a good connection. On the other hand, push-in wire connectors are easier to install. Push-in wire connector types require no tools at all. Some other wire crimp connectors need a heat gun, a crimper, or both.

How do you hang wires without wire nuts?

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Which is better Wago or wire nuts?

wires nuts was the ability to have visual confirmation of connections. Wago lever nuts have a clear housing that allows you to see the wire inside it. This gives you the ability to actually see the wire touching the inside connector.

Can I connect wires with electrical tape?

The safest use of electrical tape is to cover minor cracks, cuts, and abrasions on electrical wires where the core insulation is still intact. Where the wire is exposed and that outer jacket is compromised, using electrical tape to cover it is not safe or recommended. That wire should be replaced and not repaired.

Can I wrap wires with electrical tape?

Electrical tape is the simplest method of making electric wires safe. You also use tape on capped live electric wires as an extra precaution. Tapes can be used on loose live wires that do not fit the cap. You can simply use tape over the live wire to fit into the cap.

How safe are Wago connectors?

Moreover, all WAGO connectors undergo internal tests with even more stringent demands on quality. Only after these tests have been passed are the products released, giving the user the high level of safety and reliability WAGO is known for.

Are Wago connectors up to code?

Wago connectors can also ensure that all your wiring and lighting is up to code. NEC code dictates that any indoor, fluorescent luminarie that uses double-ended lamps (typical fluorescent lamps) and contains a ballast and that can be serviced in place must have a disconnecting means [410.130(G)].

Can you daisy chain push in wire connectors?

Daisy chain. As for connecting bundles of wires with pigtails. There’s no problem doing this, as long as you don’t exceed individual connector conductor fill, or overcrowd the box.

Are Wago 221 connectors safe?

Wago connectors offer a fast and effective way to make safe and secure connections for indoor use or within a junction box. They are not waterproof so cannot be used outdoors or in damp conditions, unless you use a Wago Gelbox, which will then offer IPX8 levels of moisture protection for the Wago 221 connectors.

Can you use Wago connectors in a junction box?

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Are Wago connectors UL approved?

Wago Lever Nuts

WAGO pioneered lever nuts, receiving UL certification on the first such device in 2003. To use them, one simply has to strip wires to length, pull the appropriate connector lever up, push the wire in place, and flip the lever back down.

What is the difference between Wago 221 and 222 connectors?

The new Wago 221 series wiring connectors are 40% smaller than the 222 series, helping to further reduce space inside junction boxes. The compact, tool-less design is a great way of connecting cables. They are suitable for use with stranded and solid cables and are ideal for use in domestic or industrial wiring.

Do they use wire nuts in Europe?

We don’t use wire nuts in Europe so when I first saw the in use in the USA I was initially sceptical but then impressed. They appear to offer a quick convenient connection that is robust and still maintains appropriate creepage and clearance distances.

What are Wago used for?

Wago Connectors were designed to make the splicing process easier without needing tools. The Wago clap technology makes for faster installation and eliminates maintenance. These all use clamps to terminate fine stranded and solid stranded conductors.

How many wires can you put in a Wago?

Junction Box for 221 Series COMPACT Splicing Connectors

WAGO’s junction box helps you connect up to 60 conductors with WAGO’s 221 Series COMPACT Splicing Connector for all conductor types with cross-sections up to 4 mm2(12 AWG).

Can I use Wago on Ring Main?

Yes, but a few points need to be observed to make sure it complies with BS7671 IET 17th Edition. Firstly, the terminals must be installed in a Wagobox (when breaking into existing ring wiring).

What is a Wagobox?

Wagobox. A multipurpose electrical junction enclosure that has been designed for use with the Wago 222 and 773 series terminal blocks. The Wagobox is easier to use, quicker to fit and more configurable than any other junction box of it’s size.

Do Wagos need to be in a box?


The installer connectors need to be within a suitable enclosure. According to BS 7671, “every connection and termination must be enclosed irrespective of the nominal voltage”. The WAGOBOX® Light junction box meet BS EN 60670-01 and BS EN 60670-22.

Can Wago connectors be buried in wall?

Someone has suggested joining the cable with Wago connectors and boxes, can they be plastered into a wall and forgotten about or would just would it be easier to drop them below the floor? I’ve used them but don’t plaster them into a wall. Just don’t. They must be inside an enclosure so I would use a junction box.