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ased
January 9th, 2006, 09:23 AM
Hello. Thanks for all of the help in the past few weeks. I was wondering if there was any problem with wiring a set of 11 recessed lights 4" 50Watts each with 12 2 wire. I am using a seperate 15 amp circuit from the fuse box to power the lights, and was splitting the lights between 2 dimmer switches, one switch controlling 7 lights, and the other dimmer controlling the remaining 5 lights. The wiring run will be around 130 feet long between the lights

thanks!

Ased

jlumsden
January 9th, 2006, 10:00 AM
I'm not sure about the length with the watt load - but I had a lot of people asking me about distance when I was getting help on wiring my basement (and 130 or so ft seemed to be the magic number), so 12/2 might be better because of the distance.

If you have 11 lights and 2 dimmers, that's 13 devices on one circut, and I think you're only allowed 12.

Homer
January 9th, 2006, 02:44 PM
If you have 11 lights and 2 dimmers, that's 13 devices on one circut, and I think you're only allowed 12.You can only have 12 outlets on a circuit. Although there are 13 devices here, there are only 11 outlets.

Homer