Running electric to exposed ceiling lights


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Old 08-06-17, 08:33 AM
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Running electric to exposed ceiling lights

Hi - I'm looking to install 10 spot lights mounted on exposed beams in a room I'm renovating. The "ceiling" of the room are the floor boards above so I either mount to the bottom of those boards or the beams themselves.

Here is my question....can I get 12 or 14 gauge black cable to run 120v to the lights or do I have to use some sort of conduit or MC? If I can't run the bare cable on 120v could I with 12v and use low voltage wires?

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Old 08-06-17, 09:28 AM
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You could use MC cable, but it will need to be secured at least every 6'. Exposed wiring will look much better running conduit or a raceway channel such as Wiremold and then painted.

12 or 14 gauge black cable to run 120v to the lights
Black cable is a cord and not allowed for house wiring. Low voltage cable would be allowed.
 
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Old 08-07-17, 06:40 AM
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So if I need to run 120v line. To the track can I put individual wires in wiremold from the power box to the track?

Seems counter intuitive but if the track is like a light so why so bad to just secure the light cord to the ceiling for the run to the outlet? Is it only dangerous if it's hidden behind a wall?
 
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to run 120v line. To the track can I put individual wires in wiremold from the power box to the track
Yes. .
 
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Old 08-07-17, 05:46 PM
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if the track is like a light so why so bad to just secure the light cord to the ceiling for the run to the outlet
Cords are not to be used in place of permanent wiring. Track lights are designed to be permanently wired.
 
 

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