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    I'm installing under cabinet lights in the kitchen. Simple flat (approx. 1 1/8") flourescents. One of the fixtures has to be fed from one down the line via a loop of 14/2 in the wall. The little connectors (mini Romex clamps) provided for the fixture can't accomodate two 14/2 cables, so what is commonly done? Since the fixture will be flush with the backsplash, my inclination is to leave it off. Suggestions? Thanks.
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    ream the hole to 1/2" and use one of these...,


    http://www.aifittings.com/whnew104.htm

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    Get a second connector. They're a bit hard to find, but they're out there...

    The fixture ought to have more than one knockout - if not, drill a 2nd hole.

    Use a proper step-bit, to get a smooth hole.
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    Thanks guys. It never occurred to me to just make the hole bigger and put a proper size connector in. I only needed one right now so I just filed the hole bigger and inserted a standard Romex clamp. When the backsplash gets tiled, it looks like those plastic snap-in clamps are the ticket.

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    Is the junction of the fixture large enough to accept all these wires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    Is the junction of the fixture large enough to accept all these wires?
    By "junction" do you mean the interior space of the fixture? The fixtures I bought all have extra leads capped off inside for extending to another fixture. Everything seems to fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    Is the junction of the fixture large enough to accept all these wires?

    He has two cables entering the fixture... Without actually reading the specs on the fixture, I'm gonna say he's probably fine...

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