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Old 12-29-2008, 06:21 PM   #1
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On a new lighting circuit, is it generally preferred to take the home run to the light fixture ceiling box or take the home run to the wall switch box?

In a kitchen, does the disposal and dishwasher need to be gfci protected, or just the small appliance outlets?

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On a new lighting circuit, is it generally preferred to take the home run to the light fixture ceiling box or take the home run to the wall switch box?

In a kitchen, does the disposal and dishwasher need to be gfci protected, or just the small appliance outlets?

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I prefer to take the home run to the switch box, as it is easier to work there than on a ladder overhead. But either method is legal.

No, the disposal and dishwasher do not have to be GFCI protected unless there is a local ordinance requiring it. The two small appliance circuits must be GFCI protected.

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I take the home run to which ever is closer to the panel box, the fixture or the switch. Why use extra going and coming back?
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ALWAYS to the sw box. When you are making up or troubleshooting, the sw boxes are always the most accessible boxes. I typically wire most everything sw box to sw box.

No ladders involved, no fixture/fan removal. Nothing is ever in the way of a switch......unless it's a storage room packed with crap.

Back in the 70's we would make up spiders in the shop. Deep ceiling box with 4, 2 wire cables and one 3 wire cable about 15' long. We'd nail up the ceiling box in the bedrooms and drop the cables down to the receps and switch. Add a home run and a couple jumpers and you were done in minutes. The drawback of course was having a wad of wires in the light JBox. Someone uses a couple of 100 watt A lamps for a decade and you havd a mess to deal with.
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SW box, for all the reasons 220 just listed.
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Yes, I was taught to always run the home run to the SW box because if you run a 14-2 home run to the light then you have to run a 14-3 down to the switch because you MUST have both a ground and a common in the sw box.
Why waste the 14-3?
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you MUST have both a ground and a common in the sw box.

Not really......but it's always a good idea.


BTW, any wire installed is not wasted. I'm a big fan of extra wire as I do a lot of remodel stuff. When you are adding cans, how cool is it to find a 3 wire switch leg with the red as a spare.

When I do special jobs I always run 3 wire switch legs for future.
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All of the above posts are OPINIONs. Either way is proper under the electrical code.

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