Thursday, April 2, 2009

Subject: Wiring High-Hats

Name: Mike

Question: I have a 14-2 gauge wire on a 15amp breaker going to a dimmer switch. I want replace track lighting on this dimmer with 4 low-voltage high-hats. Can I use 14-2 gauge to do this or do I need to use 12-2?

Answer: Hi Mike,

14-2 is good for 15 amp of power at 80 planed compactly or 12 amps.
A 65 watt light bulb divided by 120 volts is only drawing .54 amps. That is well below what can be places on a 14-2 wire. you should be good to go.

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