Connecting leads of ighting fixture to twisted solid conductors
So glad to have found a forum specifically for Canadians!
Quick question about connecting a lighting fixture. I have an octagonal ceiling box (245 ml) to which power comes in, a line going out to a switch for the light, and power goes out to two other lights (controlled by the same switch). I am trying to minimize the # of wire nuts for box fill reasons.
So I have 8 insulated conductors, a wire nut connecting the switch to the power hot (black->white marked black), a wire nut connecting the neutrals, a wire nut connecting all the grounds, and wire nut connecting the hots from the lights to the switch. Total is 10 conductors which is the max allowed according to table 23 of the 2012 CEC. See attached pic - black is hot, yellow neutral, red wire nuts.
Finally the question. Can I connect a luminaire to the box by connecting the stranded leads (#16) of the fixture across where the hots and neutrals of the other two lights are tied together by wrapping the stranded leads around the twisted solid conductors and capping it with a wire nut. Or do I have to pigtail out a separate single wire for the fixture? In this case I will need another set of wire nuts and will need to get a bigger box.
Thank you so much!
P.S. I know I could wire it differently and avoid this problem by not having a central fixture going out to two boxes, but this was the best way in terms of neatness / access.