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adgjqetuo 09-18-2012 07:19 AM

Adding new light - can I use 14-3?
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I'm adding a new ceiling light and I only really need about 15' 14-2 ground wire for the job. I have about 20' of 14-3 ground wire already laying around the house extra from when I installed a ceiling fan.

If I cut off the red wire on both ends is it OK to use it anyway instead of buying new wire?

AllanJ 09-18-2012 07:31 AM

Use it anyway but do not cut off the red wire. Curl up the unused wire end and push it to the side of the outlet box or junction box.

joed 09-18-2012 07:42 AM

Agree. Leave the red wire. You never know if someone wants to put in a fan later then you can have separate control for the fan and light.

NHtransplant 09-18-2012 07:45 AM

I agree, keep the red wire. There are some remotes that you can install for the fan that need a 3 wire set up. You might look into that before you do the install. It's nice to have a remote for those hard wired in so you don't need to pull the chains. I have several ceiling fans and all but one have the wireless remote on them but one has a hard wired remote. The ones with the wireless remotes act up every once in a while but he hard wired one is flawless.
Here is a link to a remote I am talking about -

adgjqetuo 09-18-2012 08:05 AM

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Sorry I didn't specify, the ceiling light is actually in the attic - so I wouldn't ever need a fan up there. I just have extra wire from a previous fan installation.

I was just going to use a light box nailed to a stud with a simple bulb fixture attached.

Something like this:

jbfan 09-18-2012 08:23 AM

I would say keep the wire also, but it can be cut off if you feel you need too.

electures 09-18-2012 08:44 AM

Keep the wire or cut it off. It's up to you. If you decide to keep it, cap it off or make sure it doesn't touch any other wire.

Joconfire 09-18-2012 10:21 AM

I agree that it makes no difference whether you cut it off or not. But if you did keep it, I would put a wirenut or some tape over the end and tuck it neatly into the far back of the box- on both sides.

joed 09-18-2012 12:42 PM

Keep the wire. There is no reason to cut it off. You might want a receptacle up there for some reason in the future and you could use it for that.

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