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Old 05-01-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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Wiring for lighting & accessories

I'm about to change a couple of existing light fixtures and add a couple of new ones (all LED) as well as add an additional 12V outlet. Is 18 AWG stranded speaker wire appropriate for these projects? All very short runs and will solder all connections. Thanks in advance for your replies!
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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LED lighting - yes.

12V outlet - probably not, but it depends. See:
Amps and Wire Gauge - 12V Circuit
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #3
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I used thermostat or bell wire for led lights but heavier for 12v outlets.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:32 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys. It'll be easy to tap into existing lighting wiring. Any idea where I can find access to an existing source for the additional 12V outlets? I want to put one in the small, upper compartment above the microwave and another near the stove. Thanks for allowing the follow-up question.
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In the 19 if there is a factory 12v by door you can get access to the rear, perhaps tap into that and run a lead thru the cabinet to the opposite wall? In the closet is the wire to the light in the bath, how about using that for an extra 12v? ETI uses pretty heavy wire to their lights.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #6
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Does ETI physically block off the cabinet outlets internally or are they in retail style plastic boxes? I'm adding an extra 12V outlet on my 21 above the nightstand with the hopes of tapping off the back side to install undercabinet LED strip lighting (with dimmer.) Should I try for a 12V "drop" there (just coiled up wires capped off) instead? Final build sheet due today!!!
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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Does ETI physically block off the cabinet outlets internally or are they in retail style plastic boxes? I'm adding an extra 12V outlet on my 21 above the nightstand with the hopes of tapping off the back side to install undercabinet LED strip lighting (with dimmer.) Should I try for a 12V "drop" there (just coiled up wires capped off) instead? Final build sheet due today!!!
I had ETI leave 12v drops in all the OH cabinets for "future" modifications of some sort. Sure glad I did as it made it much easier to add strip lighting in the cabinets.
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Thanks Don - exactly my plan. Wifey went bonkers when I added dimmable LED lights inside a kitchen cabinet with glass doors and now wants it everywhere!
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:24 AM   #9
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We did the same thing and will be adding more.
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Someone once mentioned that the wiring for the lighting in the overhead cabinets runs in between the false floor of the cabinet and the true bottom of the cabinet...does anyone know how to remove the false floor to gain access to the wiring inside the cabinet?
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