Can I hardwire a light fixture with 18 awg?

Old 04-17-14, 01:44 PM
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Question Can I hardwire a light fixture with 18 awg?

I bought a hanging lamp/chandelier while traveling for work overseas. I believe the wiring on it currently is 16-2 gauge, black. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. My wife loves the lamp and would like to have it wired in to replace the ceiling light fixture in her home office. She is not fond of the black wiring it came with and wondered if there was a way to use thinner wire. Given the following about the hanging lamp/chandelier:

1) 4 sockets
2) each socket is for a 15-25 watt decorative bulb

My questions are:

1) Is it safe and legal to rewire the lamp/chandelier with 18-2 awg?
2) Is it safe/legal to hardwire this lamp/chandelier into my wife's home office light ceiling socket with either the current/existing 16-2 gauge wire the lamp/chandelier has or if I were to re-wire it to 18-2 gauge wire?

We live in VA, USA

Thank you in advance for your help.
Old 04-17-14, 02:03 PM
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Well no UL listing to violate and #18 would probably be safe but why not stay with #16 lamp cord. Maybe translucent/clear instead of black.

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