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# Under Cabinet Lighting

#1
07-28-12, 09:39 AM
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Under Cabinet Lighting

I need to hardwire 4 under cabinet lights. It's kind of a pain when you have 2 cables in such a small space.
So I was wondering... rather than running cable from the switch to the first light, and then on to the second, etc.
Is it OK to run four cables from the switch, this way each light would only have one cable going to it.
I would tie the neutrals together at the switch box, hot wire to the switch, and connect all the hots going to the lights together and pigtail to the switch.
I've never seen this done. I was wondering if it's allowed.

Thanks, Brian

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07-28-12, 10:31 AM
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Is it OK to run four cables from the switch, this way each light would only have one cable going to it.
So long as the cubic inch capacity of the switch box is adequate that is okay. Do you see a number stamped in to the switch box? If not multiply the height X width X depth. Is it #12 or #14 wire?

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07-28-12, 10:33 AM
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14 ga, I'll use a deep old work box
Deep Box = 20 cu in
I'll have 5 neutrals, 5 hots, plus pigtail to switch = 6 hot

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07-28-12, 10:48 AM
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Here's my math but wait for the pros.

Each current-carrying wire = 1 So five* 2-conductor cables =10
+ All ground wires together = 1
+ All clamps together = 1
+ Switch = 2
Total =14 X 2 cubic inches for #14=28 cubic inches.

Based on mu figures you would probably need a 2-gang box.

*Power in cable plus the four power out cables.

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07-28-12, 10:57 AM
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OK, Thanks. I'll just go ahead and wire them normally. It would be alot of wires in the box.

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