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Old 03-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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What wire to use when adding wall sconces?


I'm adding a pair of indoor wall sconces in my living room. I'll be piggybacking from an existing switch for the line. Should I just use 14-2 wire or would it be necessary to use 12-2? I look forward to your responses. Thanks!

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Lighting....14-2

FYI...I like wall sconces....we like how they provide indirect lighting....very effective...

I'm using small CFL's in all of mine....means I can leave them on as accent lighting......translation...they are using like 6w/fixture (2 bulbs each fix). Hence, I'm not putting any real load on the wiring...

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Use whatever wire is currently used to feed the existing circuit.
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That would depend on the size of the breaker or fuse on the circuit. A 20 amp circuit requires #12, a 15 amp circuit could use #14 or #12. The #12 will be harder to work with and take up more space in the box.
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