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Installing 120v undercabinet lighting controlled by a wall switch

Installing 120v undercabinet lighting controlled by a wall switch

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Old 02-12-13, 04:48 PM
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Installing 120v undercabinet lighting controlled by a wall switch

I am remodeling my kitchen and want to put in 120v undercabinet xenon lights. I have existing outlets that I want to tie in to. I was planning on taking the power from an outlet by splitting the outlet. I mean, take the power from the existing outlet by tying into the black wire and breaking the tab that connects the top outlet with the bottom half of the outlet on the neutral side. I would then run the black wire to a switch in the wall and the neutral wire to the other terminal on the switch. My hope is that by interrupting the current at the switch, it will control the undercabinet lights.

Can this be done? Can I keep the existing bridge between the hot side of the outlet but break the neutral side thus controlling it with a switch?
 
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Old 02-12-13, 05:29 PM
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Small appliance branch circuit wiring by code can't be used for lighting.
 
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Old 02-12-13, 06:56 PM
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Can I keep the existing bridge between the hot side of the outlet but break the neutral side thus controlling it with a switch?
You also may not switch the neutral side of a circuit.
 
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Old 02-12-13, 09:13 PM
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You can feed your undercabinet lights off the existing lighting circuit. Just pick it up before it goes to the switch.
 
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