Cable connectors necessary?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Bassman, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. Bassman

    Bassman DIY Member

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    I'm installing under cabinet lights in the kitchen. Simple flat (approx. 1 1/8") flourescents. One of the fixtures has to be fed from one down the line via a loop of 14/2 in the wall. The little connectors (mini Romex clamps) provided for the fixture can't accomodate two 14/2 cables, so what is commonly done? Since the fixture will be flush with the backsplash, my inclination is to leave it off. Suggestions? Thanks.
    Neil
  2. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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  3. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Get a second connector. They're a bit hard to find, but they're out there...

    The fixture ought to have more than one knockout - if not, drill a 2nd hole.

    Use a proper step-bit, to get a smooth hole.
  4. Bassman

    Bassman DIY Member

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    Thanks guys. It never occurred to me to just make the hole bigger and put a proper size connector in. I only needed one right now so I just filed the hole bigger and inserted a standard Romex clamp. When the backsplash gets tiled, it looks like those plastic snap-in clamps are the ticket.
  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Is the junction of the fixture large enough to accept all these wires?
  6. Bassman

    Bassman DIY Member

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    By "junction" do you mean the interior space of the fixture? The fixtures I bought all have extra leads capped off inside for extending to another fixture. Everything seems to fit.
  7. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    He has two cables entering the fixture... Without actually reading the specs on the fixture, I'm gonna say he's probably fine...
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