Extending light circuit how to connect to panel


Old 11-03-04, 01:17 PM
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Extending light circuit how to connect to panel

I have a light circuit (4 lights) that I want to add some new lights (2 more) on to.

The curent cable goes one direction but the new lights will be in the oposite direction. I could cut the cable, but in a junction box and connect my new cable there.

But is it allowed to have two wires connected to the breaker? If so I would not need to cut the wire.

I cannot add a new breaker for this circuit as I have no room in my panel. Also the load will not be more than the panel can handle.

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Old 11-03-04, 01:31 PM
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You can only extend the existing circuit if it is a properly grounded circuit. If it is, you can add a junction box anywhere there is constant power, or you can extend from an existing junction box, again, as long as it has constant power.

You can connect to the breaker if the breaker allows for multiple connections.

You can splice into the wire inside the panel, so that one wire goes to the breaker and it splits into two wires.

Your other choice is to install a mini-breaker, or tandem breaker, if your panel allows for them.

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