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Weekend Warrior

05:22PM | 01/10/04
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
I recently found a couple of wall mounted light fixtures I would like to use in my home, problem is they are the type that get plugged in.

Is there a way to use the original cord on these lights and running it through the wall, wire it directly? (Is the cord rated for this kind of use?)

Or can they be rewired in some way to allow this?


Tom O

01:59AM | 01/11/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Flexible cords are not allowed to be concealed in walls, so you cannot use the cords for that purpose.

If nothing is said in the installation instructions about permanently wiring these fixtures without using the supplied cord, I'd say that you should not do so.

Tom

[This message has been edited by Tom O (edited January 11, 2004).]

Weekend Warrior

06:26AM | 01/11/04
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
That's what I figured. I just don't understand why they would design a fixture like that and have a cord running down the wall- looks like crap to me.

Same thing with halogen puck lights for under cabinets. They have 5'-6' cords on them that has to be routed around the cabinets and then take up an outlet at the counter top.

mr_me

03:24PM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
why not just hard wire the the lights with 14/2 in the wall and connect to your switch..?

Tom O

11:26AM | 01/30/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
If there are no instructions regarding removing the cord & hard wiring these fixtures, it would be a "listing & labeling" violation to do so. 110.3(B)


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