extending electrical power to garage?

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Old 08-09-06, 07:37 AM
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extending electrical power to garage?

I just had breakaway walls and a 200 sq ft storage enclosure built under a beach house that I own. All walls are breakaway designs and I am not supposed to attach any utilities to the walls. I want to mount two fluorescent shop lights to the ceiling of the storage area, which is allowed, and thought that I might be able to use some of the wireless switches so that all I hang on the breakaway wall is a battery powered transmitter. Will these work with fluorescent fixtures?

Also, I have a bed room with wall outlets just above this storage area. I was thinking that extending the power from one of these wall outlets down through the subflooring and into the sheetrock ceiling of the storage enclosure below would be extremely easy way to add power and these lights. Most of the time these bedroom wall outlets are not being used. Are there any problems with this plan that members of the forum can see or any tricks that can be offered to aid in getting power to the lower levels of the house?

Thanks in advance,

John N. Wright
 
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Old 08-09-06, 07:47 AM
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In my opinion you would be better off running a new circuit for your situation than attempting to connect to an existing circuit. Tapping an existing circuit opens up many issues: Is the existing circuit up to current code? Do you need to bring the existing circuit up to code to extend it? Can you (according to code) extend the existing circuit? A new circuit avoids these issues entirely.

Wireless switches work with any type of light.

Depending on the height of the ceiling, I would install several ceiling receptacles as well. At some point you want power available. You might even consider plugging a cord reel into one or more of the ceiling receptacles, so that you can "pull" power to where you need it, especially if the ceiling is too high to reach.
 
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Old 08-09-06, 08:11 AM
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The cord reel and ceiling receptacles are a great idea that I had not considered. I am always amazed at the information that I can draw from on this site. Keep it comming guys.
 
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Old 08-09-06, 11:08 AM
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you may want to use some twist lock receptcles on the ceiling or provide some means of supporting you wire when you are plugged in to keep it from coming loose. We connect to overhead recepticals at work by usng an extension cord that adaptes the overhead twistlocks to a standard duplex outlet.

These should be disconnected when not in use.
 
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