That's especially true when it comes to electrical tape. Traditionally, electrical tape insulates and secures electrical wires and other electrically conductive materials. It earned the nickname "electrician tape" because of how frequently electricians use it in their work.
Electrical tape has many functions both within and outside the world of electrical materials. There are hundreds of types of electrical tape, each with very specialized usages. Before buying electrical tape, learn how to choose the right kind for the right task.
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You can use any tape for something it was not originally designed for. Who hasn't run out of Scotch tape while wrapping gifts and resorted to duct tape instead? However, the likelihood of getting the best result by using the wrong tape is limited.
This is an important consideration when it comes to electrician tape. Electrician tape is made with rubber, plastic, and other non-conductive materials. That's what makes it safe to use on electrically conductive materials. If you don't use the right kind of tape while doing electrical work, you risk electrocuting yourself.
Even if you're not buying bulk electrical tape for electrical work, you should still pick a tape specialized for your task. Using high-quality, specialized tape ensures that your project will be successful and your tape will remain durable over time. You can also put your own spin on your projects by selecting customized electrical tape types, widths, lengths, and colors.
Types of Electrical Tape
There are three main types of electrician tape:
Black electrical tape
Colored electrical tape
Strictly speaking, friction tapeisn’t the same as electrical tape. However, both types of tape are used in electrical insulation, so friction tape is often lumped in with true electrical tape. The main difference is that friction tape is made with a cotton backing instead of a plastic or vinyl backing. These days, friction tape is often used with electrical tape to provide extra protection.
Black electrical tape is flame-retardant and resistant to cold. It can withstand temperatures ranging from 14°F to 176°F without warping. Because of its resistance to harsh weather and temperature fluctuations, it has historically been used for protecting and insulating electrical wires.
Through Tape Jungle, you can buy colored electrician tape in colors including blue, gray, white, and red. It adheres to steel and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Colored electrical tape is just as durable as traditional black tape, but it has the added benefit of being great for color-coding.
Electrical Tape Widths and Lengths
Tape Jungle carries a great selection of ¾ inch tape, the most common for standard electrical connection work. Our ¾ inch tape comes in standard industry black and a selection of common electrical coding colors. You can buy it in convenient packs to save even more. The more rolls you buy, the cheaper the cost per roll.
You can buy friction tape in 2-inch (48millimeter) widths if you need something wider. This is recommended if you plan to cover your electrical tape with friction tape. Colored electrician tape widths range from ⅜ inches to 3 inches, allowing you to customize your color and size choices.
The standard electrical tape roll is 66 feet long. However, depending on the type of tape you buy, you could get a length ranging from 30 feet to 108 feet. Black electrical tape comes in the longest rolls because of its popularity.
Electrical Tape Uses
Electrical tape is specially designed for projects that require the protection or containment of electrical wires and other components. The tape is made from a rubberized compound that is non-conductive and provides excellent adhesion. They're guaranteed to stay fixed in place when you tape wires down.
Electrical tapes are great for keeping moisture, dust, oil, and other contaminants from coming into contact with unsealed electrical connections. Electrical tape can be used for many non-electrical outdoor applications thanks to its strong adhesion and weather resistance.
Tape Jungle also carries friction tape for those projects where you need things to stay put. This tape is ideal for adding an extra layer of protection to connections after the electrical tape has been applied. Also, don’t forget to grab one of our high-quality tape dispensersto keep your tapes clean and handy for every task.
Color-Code Wires With Colored Electrical Tape
The main function of colored electrician tape is color-coding wires. For professional electricians, color coding wires helps them keep track of different voltages. For example, in the U.S., red taped wires are low voltage, and gray taped wires are high voltage.
Even if you're not a professional electrician, color coding wires in your house or workplace is still a good idea. Organize that tangle of wires in your home by color-coding the beginning and end of cords attached to your appliances. Then if you need to unplug something, you can quickly identify which cord goes with which device.
If you are unsure which electrical tape is right for your needs, check with a local electrical contractor. Or better yet, contact usand let one of our tape experts guide you through our selections so that we can help you find the perfect tape for your project or daily needs.
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