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Old 09-12-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Flourescent light using GFCI outlet


I have recently wired my shed with a 20amp GFCI circuit. I bought a flourescent light fixture to plug into one of the outlets. Whenever I plug the light into the outlet, it instantly trips the GFCI outlet that is at the beginning of the circuit. I tested all the outlets in the circuit and they are all wired correctly. I even tried a different flourescent light to plug into the outlet and it had the same effect.

Do all outlets in a shed need to be GFCI protected? If not, I am thinking I can re-wire the outlet with the light plugged into it with 14/2 and run it straight into the sub-panel.

If a GFCI is required for all the outlets, how do I wire in a flourescent light in the shed?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This project is taking way too long and I still need to get a final inspection on it.

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You can't use 14-2 wire on a 20a circuit
It must all be #12 wire
You also can only have 1 circuit to a detached structure...2 is not allowed
A MWBC is allowed

Sounds like something is connected wrong
What type of wire did you use to the shed ?
Distance ?

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I was going to run the 14/2 wire from the outlet to a 15amp breaker in the sub-panel which is located in the shed. The wire I ran to the shed is 10 gauge and the run is approximately 100ft.
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Ah...Ok, that will work
I like to have the lights seperate from the outlets
I'm not sure why a flourescent light would trip a GFCI
Are both fixtures the same type...bought at the same time?
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Both are the same type and bought within a week of each other. I brought the first back to the store thinking the light was deficient and returned it for a different one.
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If they are both the same type...from the same store
They were most likely made at the same time....same issue
It should not trip the GFCI as far as I know
If it does....then there is a problem with the fixture & I would not keep it

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