I think this is a violation, be interesting to see if the inspector notices
I'm finishing a big chunk of my basement, I pulled a permit. In my county electric work must be done by a licensed electrician, since I pulled the permit I had no choice
. So, I had the electrician in over the weekend with a couple of helpers and over the course of 6 hours or so they roughed in wiring for 16 outlets, 3 new can lights and boxes for 4 other surface mount lights. Overall I was happy with their work, generally neatly done and the job site was cleaner when they left than when they started. They did miss a couple of required staples but we'll let that pass - I put em in
Here's the rub, I'm walking around looking at everything and I had a thought, wonder if these are seperate circuits? 1 switch turns on the stair light and string of three cans, the other two switches power up the rest of the lights. So I turn em all on and go over to the panel. Sure enough, when I kill the breaker labeled "basement lights" they all go off. Then I trace the 4 new boxes with no fixtures and they appear to be on the same circuit as well although 2 others are questionable, not powered up yet. Count em all up and there are 20 fixtures / cans and boxes with 2 of them not powered yet so either 18 or 20 on the same circuit. The cans are rated at 75 watts each, most of the rest are single bare bulb types which I think are OK for 100 watts? At least 6 of the new and existing boxes will get double bulb surface mount fixtures (I had a stack of em sitting there and he is installing fixutres "supplied by the customer") so 2*60 watts each. I'd say the total rated load is way over 1800 watts, it's a 15 amp circuit. It's not a problem as I am using them because everything has CFL bulbs so the actual load is much lower.
One other thing, I was just wandering around with the non-contact circuit tester and found one set of switch leg wires folded in the box that was live with no wire nuts on the hot and nuetral....