Yes the home hardware lampwire is definitely stranded, but I just thought I'd suggest it as a convenient backup source for something that will at least get the job done, and can be found locally. They sell it at the counter off of 'bulk' rolls.\ And I'm having some very odd behaviour with this last rogue strip. I rewired the strip to the driver and it would light up normally for about 10 seconds, and then would start to blink slowly and irregularly (i.e. not the rapid regular blinking that I was getting when the strip was overloaded).. EDIT: I just tried giving the strip a quick wipe down with my fingers, rubbing over the TC points, and after plugging back in the strip appears to stay lit up! Is it possible some dust or something was causing a short, or maybe a temperature misreading was causing the light to blink? Is there an instruction manual for these lights? I assume that the different blinking patterns are trying to tell me something?