Wiring Under Cabinet Lighting in Series


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Old 11-14-18, 12:17 PM
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Question Wiring Under Cabinet Lighting in Series

We've just had some new cabinets installed and now I want to add in some under cabinet lighting. This is the brand/line, I've settled on...

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These lights have a feature where you can wire these in series using link cables and plugs that are on the sides of the lights. This isn't really an option for me as you can see the underside of the cabinets from the nearby sofa, and that light-to-light wiring would look ugly.

My question is - rather than putting a j-box inside of one of the cabinets and doing separate 14-gauge runs to each of the 5 lights, can't I just wire them in series? I know the lights have push in connectors for incoming power, but I am unclear if they have additional connectors for outgoing power. Would there be anything wrong with wire nutting an additional outgoing wire that travels to the next light?
 
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Old 11-14-18, 05:32 PM
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can't I just wire them in series
You wouldn't wire them in series, that would be in parallel.

Yes, you could daisy chain the lights. The only issue you might have is fitting all the wires inside the light fixture
 
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Old 11-14-18, 05:59 PM
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There will still be visible wiring. How do you propose to hide it ? Instead of having a junction box inside the cabinet with one wire to each light..... now you'll have an in and out to each light.

It looks like they only have provisions for one knockout on the back.
That means you'll need to be using a dual NM connector.

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Old 11-15-18, 09:29 PM
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Ah yes, "daisy chain" is the correct term...that would explain why when I searched for "wiring in series," I found very little information, ha!

Ended up talking with the manufacturer today. They said that while it isn't very noticeable in the illustrations in the manual, the connectors inside each fixture allow for a power-in-power-out connection through their access panel on the back of the fixture. The way my cabinets are designed, it will be very easy to hide the wiring, so I should be good to go, woo hoo!

Appreciate the insight!
 
 

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