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jjeff1 12-08-2012 05:10 PM

Puck lights direct wired to back of outlet?
I've just moved in to a new place and finding all the things the prior owners did.

In this case, they installed some cheap puck lights under the kitchen cabinets. They cut off the 2 prong plug on the lights, ran the wire inside the cabinets, then through a hole through the back of the cabinet into the wall. The wires are screwed to the terminals on the side of an outlet.

They also used lamp cord, I guess, to extend some of the puck lights. I don't know if wire length really matters on these, but they extended the wire. A couple of the lights are on the other side of the kitchen sink, with cabling running up and over the cabinets. They used wire nuts and/or some sort of crimp connector with electrical tape.

Besides being crummy work, how much of this is really against code and needs to be fixed? Aesthetically, it looks OK, as long as you don't look underneath the cabinets.


Edit: Since I mentioned Code, I should point out that I'm in upstate NY.

Minich 12-08-2012 05:12 PM

How much of it is against code? I'm no electrician, but the answer is probably "all of it."

Jim Port 12-08-2012 06:51 PM

The small appliance receptacle circuits can not serve lighting loads so the wiring should be removed.

Dave632 12-09-2012 08:28 AM

I suspect that cutting off the prongs on the back of the pucks means they're no longer UL listed.

Extension cords (which basically is what the additional wiring is) can't be buried inside a wall.

The wire splices should be in a box (junction or outlet); not sure if automotive style crimp connections are to Code... I doubt it.

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