Undercabinet Wiring Questions

_brianDecember 31, 2010

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I have some Xenon undercabinet light fixtures to install, and I have a question about the wiring. We have electrical whips that come out of the drywall right underneath the cabinets. I'd like to put the fixtures in the middle or front of the under-side of the cabinet, but that may make the whips slightly visible.

The fixtures have knockouts for the whips, but does anybody know if it would be acceptable to just pull the wires from the whip, and leave the wires exposed between the drywall and the fixture?

Also, we have one section where we have to connect three fixtures to only one whip. Since there are knockouts on the back and sides of the fixtures, I initially planned on running the whip into the back of the center fixture, and have whips out both side of the fixture attached to the other 2 fixtures. Does anybody know if it would be acceptable to just run the wires off that center fixture to the other 2 fixtures (as opposed to whips)?

I want to make sure the wiring is safe, but at the same time, the 1/2 inch metal electrical whips won't look nice if they're visible at all.

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brickeyee

"...would be acceptable to just pull the wires from the whip, and leave the wires exposed between the drywall and the fixture?"

Even NM cable is allowed exposure if it is not 'likely' to be damaged, and the bottom of a cabinet is not a likely damage location.

You could also conceal it in any one of a number of plastic covers designed for the purpose.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 10:39AM
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joed

No it is not acceptable. All connections must be in boxes. Single wires are not permitted to be exposed. They must be in a cable or conduit.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 9:20AM
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hexus

"and the bottom of a cabinet is not a likely damage location. "

maybe in your opinion (which to be brutally honest doesn't matter much since you are not this person's AHJ).

No inspector around here would allow it.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 11:22AM
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brickeyee

"No inspector around here would allow it."

Sounds like a really stupid inspector.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 2:06PM
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