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Old 09-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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Connect luminaire stranded wire leads to multiple twisted solid conductors


I am trying to minimize the # wire nuts I have in a box so as not to overfill the box (I'm in Canada so wire nuts count).

It is an octagonal box with power coming in, a line going to a switch, and two lines going to two other octagonal boxes with lights controlled by the same switch.

Can I connect the stranded leads of a fixture to where the other hots and neutrals are twisted together by wrapping the stranded leads around the twisted solids and capping with a wire nut? Or do I have to pigtail off a single wire for the fixture.

Right now I have 8 insulated conductors, and 4 wire nuts (hot power-->switch white marked as black, grounds, neutrals, switch-->lights hot). The wire leads of the fixture are #16 and so do not count. This is 10 conductors according to the CEC - the max allowed for the 245 ml box. If I have to pigtail off another wire, I will have to use an extra pair of wire nuts and this will overfill the box.
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Connect luminaire stranded wire leads to multiple twisted solid conductors


You're good to Connect your light to your 3 wire joint, no need for pigtails

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Check a box fill chart in the CEC. Under the NEC the box is overfilled if 1 1/2" deep.
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