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What is silver wire used for?

Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

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Metal Uses
While copper is used in wires, connectors,printed circuits and other electrical parts across a number ofindustries, silver is generally used as a componentin specialty electronics and sensitive systems, likeindustrial-grade switches and automobilecontacts.

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In respect to this, what are the main uses of silver?

It is used for jewellery and silver tableware,where appearance is important. Silver is used to makemirrors, as it is the best reflector of visible light known,although it does tarnish with time. It is also used in dentalalloys, solder and brazing alloys, electrical contacts andbatteries.

One may also ask, can copper wire be silver in color? We see a copper wire and on top of it asilver-colored solid conductor electrical wirethat is probably aluminum wire. But from just thisphotograph alone one cannot be sure if the silver coloredwire is aluminum or tinned "plated" copper.

In this regard, why is silver not used for wires?

Answer: Silver is a good conductor of electricitybut it is not used to make electric wires because itis expensive.

Which is better conductor copper or silver?

Although it is the best conductor, copperand gold are used more often in electrical applications becausecopper is less expensive and gold has a much highercorrosion resistance. As to why silver is the bestconductor, the answer is that its electrons are freer to movethan those of the other elements.

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