Originally Posted by Kenomac
[...]only to discover Europe
uses an entirely different system to measure wire thickness. I tried to figure it out online while in the store, but it was like trying to read Chinese
Don't worry, I get the same when trying to get a grip on AWG
Anyway, Europe is SI-unit centric and wires are specified by their cross section area, given in millimeters squared. Typically electrical
code will specify 1.5mm2 for 10A circuits, 2.5mm2 for 16A circuits and 4mm2 for 20A and 25A circuits, although these are only generic guidelines and may be modified (derated) for atypical run lengths and environment
Perhaps this table will be useful:
Standard wire sizes are:
10 mm2 and so on..
In your case, I would substitute 10ga with either 4.0 mm2 or 6.0 mm2, depending on run length and expected environment
Edit: Look at the explanation of wire naming under harmonized european naming standard:
For your application request something like H03VV-F or H05VV-F and specify number of conductors and their cross section area.