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Re: [Shop-talk] Plug for 14/2 solid wire?

To: Jim Franklin <>, Shop-talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Plug for 14/2 solid wire?
From: Steven Trovato via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:44:53 -0500
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If these are regular wall mounted lights, they should be wired 
directly into a box.  You should add a line from power source to a 
switch and then to the lights.  All of this should be done within the 
walls, ceiling, etc of the building, or in conduit if mounted on the 
surface.  The switch you use can incorporate a timer if 
desired.  There should be no plugs involved, and no lamp cord.  Of 
course you can rig up anything you want and make the lights come on, 
but it won't be proper or safe like that.  Is this intended to be a 
permanent installation?  If it is, do it right.


At 03:00 PM 11/10/2019, Jim Franklin via Shop-talk wrote:
>I'm addinng external carriage lights and have a 50' roll of 14/2 
>Romex I'd like to use up, not to mention 50' of 14/2 stranded is almost $1/ft.
>I'd like to have the lights on a timer. I have outlets in the 
>garage, and I happen to have a mechanical timer that you'd use for a 
>livingroom lamp, etc.
>Can I use a regular add-on plug that you'd normally use with 
>stranded wire and just attach the Romex to it? Are there plugs made 
>for solid wire?
>I could always use the Romex to extend the circuit to near the 
>carriage lights and install an outlet for the timer and buy short 
>lamp cord, but that means a trip to the store. That might turn out 
>to be the most time/cost/safety efficient method, but if I don't 
>have to get into the car AGAIN...


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