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I bought two light fixtures to go in my shop last night, but I'm not sure if they will work. The fixtures I bought have a physical receptacle plug coming out of them and are designed to be plugged in to a wall outlet. I don't know if they will work the way I was going to have the wiring done in my shop.

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I don't know if I can just cut the plug heads off of the cords and they wire the romex directly to that using wire nuts, or if I have to open up the fixture to expose the bare wires, and the romex go in and wire nut there.

I know I could just replace my light box I have overhead with a receptacle box and stick a GFCI (has to be because it is a shop) in there to plug them in to, but I would rather not spend more money on another GFCI. I want to be able to direct wire the light fixture to the circuit.
 

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Cutting the plugs off would violate the UL listing. You can buy direct wire lights.
 

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Is there any way to just open the fixtures up to expose the wires on the inside and wire to those or do I need to take these back and get different direct wire ones?
 

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I have several similar lights in my garage/workshop - I installed recepts at the ceiing and just plugged them in. Simple, and allows for easy changes down the road. It can be handy to have recepts on the ceiling. I also have reeled drops lights and other lights plugged into the outlets.
 

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I don't want a plug. Should I just go back and get a direct wire fixture, or can I open this one up to run the circuit inside?
 

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J S Machine said:
I don't want a plug. Should I just go back and get a direct wire fixture, or can I open this one up to run the circuit inside?
Easier having the plug. Stick with simple, don't try to make it harder, especially in a garage.
 

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Cutting the plugs off would violate the UL listing. You can buy direct wire lights.
Jim, this is your quote from another thread:

"Under the 2008 or later all receptacles in a garage require GFI protection, including the garage door opener receptacle. The GFI must be readily accessible so ceiling mounted is out."

My ceilings are 9 feet high, so I will not be able to reach them.

Does this mean that I will have to put in direct wire lights?

If I have to have GFCI throughout the shop, and a plug would be an option for these particular lights, I can't do that because it isn't accesible..correct?
 

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That means that you must be able to reach the reset buttons without a ladder. The GFI protection can be mounted on the wall for the ceiling receptacles.
 
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Well you didn't tell us it was a garage. All you said was shop. If you want to direct wire them then you need to bring them back and get the correct fixtures.
You could still plug them into a receptacle. If there is another receptacle on the same circuit that one could be the GFCI and protect the entire circuit.
 

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Well you didn't tell us it was a garage. All you said was shop. If you want to direct wire them then you need to bring them back and get the correct fixtures.
You could still plug them into a receptacle. If there is another receptacle on the same circuit that one could be the GFCI and protect the entire circuit.
Just curious, what would be the difference between a garage or shop as far as code?

This is a small shop I'm building behind my house. it is big enough to be used for a garage, but that is not it's intended purpose. It will mainly be a storage / work shop.
 
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