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Under cabinet light with built-in outlets?


Steven Hockstein
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I would like to elminate electric outlets on the wall along the countertop in a kitchen and not have two separately circuited devices under the cabinets. Does anyone know of an under-cabinet light fixture with built-in outlets that can be used in a kitchen. Also, does the NEC have any exceptions for these lights to be wired on the same circuits as the GFCI outlets along the countertops. Any ideas??

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I would check out the Task Lighting catalog. They have all sorts of stuff for under cabinet mounting including an interconnectable powersrtip thingy that is exactly what you are after for the receptacles. They also make one that is just lights. I have no idea if they have combined them into a single device, but that is where I'd start.

Tom

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There is no NEC exception for having hard wired lighting on the required small appliance circuits. The receptacles for the countertops also need GFI protection.

If you are looking to remove the receptacles from the backsplash area look at the HomeSelect catalog from Hubbel. They have a wiremold like box that fits up in the cabinet recess and will fit a GFI.

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OK-Next question...does anyone know of a company that manufactures under-cabinet lights with integrated outlets that are designed to allow for the outlets and lights to be connected to independent circuits?

Tom-I spoke to the Task Lighting sales rep and they do not make this product. I was told that their R & D had worked on it in the past but the company does not have the product to sell.

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