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Old 04-07-2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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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...

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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?
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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.
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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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