Please Critique Kitchen Wiring Diagrams

stie9790March 11, 2012

Hello all - based on the feedback from my last post, I've attempted two wiring diagrams for my kitchen - one for receptacle circuits and one for lighting.

The item I'm most confused about, because it seems like a lot of back and forth, is wiring the undercabinet lights (UCL's) with a three way switch, and how to make the wire not have to run back and forth like I'm showing. It seems redundant, doesn't it? I was trying to keep it simple and have a switch at either end of the loop.

Otherwise, you will notice that I bring in #14 from the panel (or #12 everywhere depending on what types of fixtures we end up with) which is marked as red on the plan as my "main" (my terminology). My assumption is that this "main" could feed all the switch boxes, and my "loops" (again, my terminology) out to the lights come off of this "main"? Does that work?

Please let me know if you have any comments. I look forward to your responses, Thanks!

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stie9790

My last post was this one in case you forgot:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/wiring/msg0221201913779.html?23

Here is a link that might be useful: Previous Post

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 10:06AM
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petey_racer

1) Why 12/2 HR to the hood? Some big commercial hood going in?

2) Those are nice drawings and schematics. What program did you use.
Not that we draw things like this is up typically, but I'd love to try that out.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 12:35PM
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stie9790

Hi Petey - In response to your questions:

1) Good point, this could probably be 14/2 since the hood is only 5.5 amps.
2) Thanks! I use AutoCAD. I use it a lot for work anyways, so it's easy for me to "fake" stuff like this...

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 1:41PM
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petey_racer

Another thing I noticed. You're not planning to run 14/3 between the UC lights, are you?
If so you cannot do that. You would need to run 3-wire from switch to switch, then a 2-wire switch leg to all the lights.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 5:02PM
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stie9790

Petey, so if I'm hearing you correctly, the ucl circuit should be switch to switch with 14/3, and from one of those switches just use 14/2 to all the ucl's? That def. sounds easier

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 8:38AM
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stie9790

Anybody else care to comment? I'm surprised I haven't heard from Ronnatalie and a few others like I did on my previous post... Oh well, I thought I'd try. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 5:24PM
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Ron Natalie

It looks ok to me other than you only need 14/2 for some of the runs you've got 14/3 as already mentioned.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 5:29PM
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petey_racer

Sorry. Yes, you are right with your last reply to me.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 6:03PM
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stie9790

Ok cool, Im pulling together stuff for my building permit application,so I just wanted to follow up... Thanks everybody!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 6:18PM
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mtvhike

Just for my information, why can't you use 14/3 when 14/2 is all that is necessary? I can think of two reasons to use 14/3: 1. Future expansion, and 2. I already have a lot of 14/3 and don't want to see it go to waste. Of course, the extra wire would be capped off.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2014 at 2:39PM
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Ron Natalie

Nothing precludes it, it's just costly for hardly any benefit. I'm not sure what "future expansion" you envision being useful here.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2014 at 2:59PM
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