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Kenmore Central Vac - Where to connect the low voltage wires

Ok, I see the spot I need to plug the wires into - but....I just have bare wires. Is there an adaptor I can buy? What is it called and any idea's where I can find one?
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You need female spade connectors and most hardware stores should have them.

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