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Old 01-14-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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I'm remodelling my kitchen and trying to avoid running a new wire to my panel (my basement has a drywalled ceilling and the panel is at the opposite end of the house). I've moved all the electrical to where it needs to be and will have one extra 14/3 wire left over that used to power a counter top receptacle (attached to 2 15a breakers).

I want to use this connection to power some new recessed lights (after I remove the old hanging ones). Can I simply re-route the 14/3 wire in the kitchen to a new switch and then continue to the lights (keeping in mind the load). Also, should I remove the double 15A breaker and make it a single?


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Old 01-14-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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I think you are in Canada ?
I'm not familiar with the codes up there, I do know they can vary by area like here
But someone did post before that split recepatacles were required - not sure if that is still true

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Hey Scuba_Dave,

Yes I'm in Canada eh. It was a split receptacle but no longer as I have removed the receptacle and just want to use the wire so that I don't have to re-run a new one. I'm pretty sure it makes sense to remove one of the 15A breakers so the lights will be treated as any other lighting situation.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:02 PM   #4
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lights can be on this 15Amp circuit. The double breaker may mean that the 14/3 is a multi-circuit run and needs to be protected this way. (the two circuits are sharing one neutral) If you only use the black and not the red then you can change the breaker. All outlets in the kitchen must be on a 20 amp breaker and you need at least 2 circuits for the counter outlets.
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