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 willedon 03-31-2008 12:54 PM

Beginner Question - Residental Switch

Hello, thanks for taking a look.

I'm replacing out an overhead pull-chain light for a recessed light controlled by a switch. The light is powered through a the middle of a circuit connection with the power supply at the load. The power circuit is 12/2.

I have a few questions:

It is okay if I use 14/2 to run the power to the switch, even though the circuit is using 12/2?

Currently, there isn't enough length on the current circuit lines to run to the new light. It is safe to splice additional 12/2 wiring to each end to extend the circuit before connecting them together and then to the light?

 CowboyAndy 03-31-2008 01:43 PM

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 Originally Posted by willedon (Post 112533) Hello, thanks for taking a look. I'm replacing out an overhead pull-chain light for a recessed light controlled by a switch. The light is powered through a the middle of a circuit connection with the power supply at the load. The power circuit is 12/2. I have a few questions: It is okay if I use 14/2 to run the power to the switch, even though the circuit is using 12/2? Currently, there isn't enough length on the current circuit lines to run to the new light. It is safe to splice additional 12/2 wiring to each end to extend the circuit before connecting them together and then to the light? Thanks in advance!
You can only use 14/2 if the breaker for the circuit is max 15amps.

you can only make splices in approved junction boxes that remain accessable. You can't just wirenut on a longer peice of wire in the ceiling.

 willedon 03-31-2008 02:11 PM

thanks for the reply - the breaker is 15 amps, but the power line that runs from it is 12/2. is that a bad thing?

also, do the junction boxes need to be mounted to anything?

 220/221 03-31-2008 02:28 PM

1. Just use 12 wire. It will make a number of things better.

2. J boxes MUST be secure and accessible. Homeowners never make their junctions properly and I will be back to troubleshoot it someday. Be kind to me.:thumbsup:

 skymaster 03-31-2008 04:25 PM

220/221; do we tell him how to run it and change colors?

 220/221 03-31-2008 05:36 PM

I try to limit the info to, questions asked and smart assed remarks.:whistling2:

 skymaster 03-31-2008 08:12 PM

I thought smart assed remarks were my job ROFLMFAO. Remember I am from NJ and there is no redeeming qualities for us:laughing:

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