wiring switch inline to plug-in fluorescent fixture

Old 10-08-10, 04:09 AM
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wiring switch inline to plug-in fluorescent fixture

I want to install a 2-bulb fluorescent fixture under the shelf above my workbench in the garage. I purchased a 48" residential 2-T8 bulb fixture and an 8' 16-gauge 13 amp replacement cord. I would like to wire a toggle switch inline on the replacement cord between the fixture and the outlet where I will plug it in. The circuit I will be plugging into is 20-amp. Am I ok with the 16-gauge wire, and should I use a 20-amp toggle switch as opposed to a 15-amp? The fixture uses two 32W bulbs and pulls about .85 amps according to the ballast label. Thanks!
Old 10-08-10, 06:46 AM
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My suggestion to you is to purchase a cord with a in line switch already installed. I know I have seen them at most home and hardware stores.

The 16ga cord is fine because it only has to carry the load of the light.
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Also note that most (maybe all) fluorescent fixtures must be grounded (three prong cord).
Old 10-08-10, 08:53 AM
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Or replace the receptacle with a receptacle/switch combo. Or connect a switch loop to one half of the receptacle.

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