14-2 wire for recessed lighting on 20A circuit

dwrecktorJuly 22, 2013

I know it's code to use 12awg wire for a 20A circuit, but during my remodel, I discovered 14-2 wire in places like outlets and lights, while the homerun wires are all 12-2 to 20A breakers. This is all original wiring. Is this an exception to the code?

If so, can I use 14-2 wire for my recessed lighting even though it would be on a 20A circuit?

Thanks.

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Ron Natalie

No, there is no such exception. You need to reduce the breaker to 15A.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 6:31PM
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