Wiring a light directly to breaker box

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Old 02-27-17, 06:05 AM
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Wiring a light directly to breaker box

My daughter needs an outside light for her yard. I don't see any easy way to access the existing wiring in her two story townhouse. Is it acceptable to run a wire directly from a breaker inside the main breaker box (which is located on the outside wall) up to a dust to dawn light using liquid tight connections and pvc conduit?

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Old 02-27-17, 07:20 AM
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Yes. Really no different then the way any light is connected. You can put a weather proof switch where it comes out of the box or if photocell controlled no switch needed. The breaker is the switch.
 
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If you are asking about hooking up to an existing breaker, yes. But if the breaker is designed for only one connection you will need to pigtail(wirenut) a piece of wire to the ends of the existing and new wire. Some breakers are listed to have two wires connected in the lug. Be sure to use the gauge of wire needed for the amperage of the breaker.
 
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Thanks. I didn't know you could have more than one wire to a breaker.
 
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Old 02-28-17, 08:30 PM
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If you use the breaker for the switch it would be inconvenient to share the breaker. If you share a breaker install a switch. Use a nipple to put a single gang weather rated box next to the side of the box for your switch and run your conduit from there.
 
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