A 20 amp circuit must be wired with 12 guage wire according to "code".
A 14 guage wire would be too small to carry the potential 20 amps.
Doesn't that mean that my alarm clock (with a little skinny wire) is a
Why do I ask?
I just purchased some 120 volt, under-cabinet lights. They come with
plugs. Can I legally directly wire these in a box, or do I have to use
the plugs that come with them.
I don't think you can wire lamp wire directly to a box because then
they become part of the house and that type of wire is not code.
This sounds like another troll, the idea is stupid, just plug the
things in as god intended.
You did not say what state you were in, but these lights are very low
wattage and therefore low amperage. If you use the proper sized pigtail
connector, you can safely connect it into a receptacle box but it is
not recommended. Why don't you plug them in?
You are talking about the difference between branch circuit
conductors, where the load may be virtually anything and a fixture
wire to a predetermined load. An 18 ga wire will trip the breaker on a
When in the UK many years ago, ~1977,
most of the plugs that I saw, as a
tourist, had internal fuses. Of course,
this was 220, but that really shouldn't
matter. I don't know if it is that way
Mark Lloyd wrote:
Only related to show that some normal things are dangerous:
I used to work at Bethlehem Steel and one of the guys in the mills,
not on the floor but in a control room I think, got killed by a table
radio. After that they insisted that everyone, even the people in
the office, use nothing but 3-prong appliances. Some people had
radios, I had a fan. Etc. (I brought in a transistor radio. Don't
remember about the fan. I could have added a ground cord to my fan,
but there's more to the story.).
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