How to Pass an Electrical Inspection for Recessed Lighting
Electrical Wiring Methods for Recessed Light Fixtures: Installing the Electrical Wiring, Terminating the Electrical Wire, Connecting the Wire to the Light Fixture.
Electrical Wiring for Recessed Lighting
Electrical Question: I just had an electrical inspection for my recessed lighting project and it did not pass inspection.
- The inspector identified the following problem with the Light Fixture Wiring:
- Item #17 – Require all recessed luminaire(s) (light fixture)(s) to have type NM cable (Romex) supplying same to be terminated by an approved means. (No cable clamp or connector).
- I’m unsure as to what he may mean by that since after pulling down the recessed lighting fixture, they appear to be terminated properly.
- What do you think the problem may be and how I can go about fixing it?
This electrical wiring question came from Jason, in Springfield, Virginia.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jason.
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Electrical Wiring Methods for Recessed Light Fixtures
- Installing the Electrical Wiring
- Wiring using Type NM cable is a common cable for home electrical wiring.
- Terminating the Electrical Wire
- The terminating the cable wiring must use an approved method to protect the cable as it enters the light fixture junction box.
- Connecting the Wire to the Light Fixture
- An approved cable connector is one that secures the cable in place as it enters the light fixture box.
- Typically a half inch plastic cable connector with a clamp works well for this application.
- Another alternative for a cable connector is a 2-screw cable connector.
- NOTE: Some recessed light fixtures, such as the Cooper Lighting Halo Recessed Light fixture, come with built-in cable clamps which serve as an approved cable clamp and connector.
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