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njchan 04-07-2008 08:13 PM

Installing Pot Lights - 12AWG and 14/2 wire ... help!
 
eeeck ... looking for some help please!

I'm working on finishing my basement ... hired an electrician to come and pre-wire for potlights before I drywalled my ceiling.

went out and bought about 8 boxes of 6 potlights on clearance (no returns).

now here's the problem ... I know the electrician wired the pot lights with 14/2 Romex wire ... but when looking at the pot lights I have, I noticed the installation warning says ... "Maximum 4 12AWG connections" - label on the gang box that comes with it.

before I bring the electrician back to install the pot lights, did I buy the wrong lights? or did I have him wire with the wrong wire? I assume the 14/2 is 2x 14AWG wires ... but if anyone can assist / provide some advice, please let me know.

thanks!

chris75 04-07-2008 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by njchan (Post 114574)

now here's the problem ... I know the electrician wired the pot lights with 14/2 Romex wire ... but when looking at the pot lights I have, I noticed the installation warning says ... "Maximum 4 12AWG connections" - label on the gang box that comes with it.


That is the MAXIMUM number of wires allowed in that junction box, not the MINIMUM size wire to use...

njchan 04-07-2008 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by chris75 (Post 114576)
That is the MAXIMUM number of wires allowed in that junction box, not the MINIMUM size wire to use...

thanks ... so I take it then that 14awg is smaller than 12awg?

troubleseeker 04-07-2008 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by njchan (Post 114581)
thanks ... so I take it then that 14awg is smaller than 12awg?

Si. The larger the wire gauge number, the smaller the actual size of the wire, thus a 20ga wire is very small and a #4 is very large.

njchan 04-10-2008 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by troubleseeker (Post 114587)
Si. The larger the wire gauge number, the smaller the actual size of the wire, thus a 20ga wire is very small and a #4 is very large.

great news ... thanks!

electrician is coming back this weekend ... at least now I don't ahve to go out and get new lights. ;)


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