Advise needed on Wiring.. (Antler chandelier)

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Old 12-18-13, 03:33 PM
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Advise needed on Wiring.. (Antler chandelier)

Hello... I am a new member and apologize for a question right off the bat. Just discovered this site and look forward to contributing in the future. Appears a ton of great info and knowledgeable folks here.

So here's my question. I make antler chandeliers... a certain style where you have 3 lamp shades/fixtures. Each lamp cord runs up through an antler and at the top of the chandelier I have 3 separate lamp cords that need to splice into One main cord that will weave up through the chain and be hard wired into ceiling fixture. In the past I've always joined them all up with typical wiring nuts and tape it all up but it becomes an issue where now I have to hide that junction with another antler. So my question is this... does anyone make/sell lamp cord where multiple cords come together and are joined into one that would be safe and easy to run through an antler? I can try to post a pic of what I am describing. THANKS so much for any help.
 
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Old 12-18-13, 03:38 PM
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Tried to upload pic... failed two times.. maybe admin needs to approve.
 
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Old 12-18-13, 04:27 PM
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Connections, best practice, should be made in a junction box. In this case you might use Polaris connectors. Wire nuts if properly used do not need to be taped.
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Old 12-18-13, 07:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

does anyone make/sell lamp cord where multiple cords come together and are joined into one that would be safe and easy to run through an antler?
No.

Look closely at any multi-arm electric chandelier and you'll see something like a two-part ball that all of the arms are attached to. That's not just a convenient place to hang the arms. That's where the wires feeding each lampholder are spliced to the wires that feed the fixture from the ceiling. It's a rated junction box. You should be able to buy the parts for that enclosure wherever you buy the canopies you use at the top of the chains.

I hope you're keeping the neutrals connected to the lampholder shells in your fixtures.
 
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Old 12-19-13, 05:18 AM
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Thank you guys for the help. I didn't think there was such a thing but had to ask. I get by fine doing what I have been doing and hiding the junction. And yes I'm keeping the neutrals connected. Maybe I'll check out the Polaris connectors. Thanks again!
 
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