wire is wire. just dont get something like speaker wire. get some wiring nuts and/or solder and make sure you connect the wires to the right places, and you're good to go. If you go to radioschack (or someplace better) they should have a range of wire gauges in spools that you can take from, to better match the original size. But lamp cord is only a little bigger, so I didnt mind. plus it usually only comes in black and white, but you can use different colored shrink wrap if you wanna do a real nice job. solder your connections and then put a colored shrink wrap on both ends so it protects the connection and helps you identify.