14 awg wire from overhead shop light hardwired

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14 awg wire from overhead shop light hardwired

Hi, I have some overhead led shop lights I have strung together. I want to cut off the plug (just a normal 2 prong) and hardwire it to the outlet it would plug into. Standard 110 outlet. I'll have to check, I'm not sure if it's on a 20amp or 15 amp circuit. The wire running to the plug is 14 awg......i don't see how this would be any different than just plugging it in..... But thought I'd check in here first in case I'm being silly and missed something.

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The wire running to the plug is 14 awg......i don't see how this would be any different than just plugging it in
This wire would become part of a branch circuit. Different rules apply to branch circuits vs. appliance cords concerning the type of cable allowed.
 
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Why not just install a receptacle and plug it in?
 
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There is a receptacle I am planning to hard write it the screw terminals. When it's plugged in, the plug is in the way of other stuff
 
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This wire would become part of a branch circuit. Different rules apply to branch circuits vs. appliance cords concerning the type of cable allowed.
The wire connecting the lamp to the branch circuit outlet box falls under fixture wire in section 402 of the NEC and is not considered as part of the branch circuit.
 
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It is if you cut the plug off and hard wire it.
 
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Add another receptacle in a more convenient location and plug them in. Do not cut the cord and off.
 
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It is if you cut the plug off and hard wire it.
May be in your neck of the woods but not here under the NEC.
The only thing cutting the plug off does is negate the UL listing. Also runs amuck to the NEC for not installing in an approved manner by the manufacturer.
 
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I think it is a bit of grey area. Even if the light is hardwired, if the light was meant to be installed in this manner, it should be allowed. Some under cabinet lights fall under this.

I also have seen grid panel lights (for ceiling light tracks) with 16 AWG pigtails. Those lights are meant to be hardwired to a junction box.

I don't know if cutting a plug off and hard wiring will be considered ok, although it is not really any more dangerous than lights with pig tail.
 
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One thing to note; The modification described is happening "outside the device", and involves a permanent attachment to the building wiring. Via, a clamped cord into a building's outlet box. Although, electrically, the cord and plug connection is the same as the same cord into a box directly, other risks emerge. Someone could extend the cord to a high current device beyond the cord ampacity, and now, there is no local disconnect; both can be viewed as diminished safety.
 
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