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14-2 wire for recessed lighting on 20A circuit

Posted by dwrecktor (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 18:12

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?


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RE: 14-2 wire for recessed lighting on 20A circuit

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

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