I am wiring three overhead florescent lights in my unfinished basement and I need 14/3 because of where the switch is located. The wiring already present between the fixtures is 14/2. I have a length of leftover 14/2 romex. Can I remove the sheathing and use each individual wire?

  • No. You do not want unsheathed wire carrying mains voltage anywhere in your house. - Exposed in an unfinished basement it could easily get damaged when moving furniture, cabinets, etc. – A. I. Breveleri Nov 13 '16 at 18:37
  • Just run the sheathed 14/2, use the black wire, and cap off the white and ground. – A. I. Breveleri Nov 13 '16 at 18:42
  • Either way, I'm buying more wire. – Evil Elf Nov 13 '16 at 18:43
  • I recommend using Split Loom Tubing. – aguertin Nov 13 '16 at 19:16
  • You can't use the wires inside NM cable individually, as they are not labeled as individual conductors. NM cable is rated, listed, and labeled as a cable. – Tester101 Nov 13 '16 at 20:57

Short answer: NO

You may be able to use individual wires taken from a non-metallic cable (Romex is a brand) within a fixture, but not between fixtures or switches.

NEC 300.3(B) requires that:

All conductors of the same circuit ... shall be contained within the same raceway, auxiliary gutter, cable tray, cablebus assembly, trench, cable, or cord [with certain exceptions that do not apply here].

If you give us a diagram of your fixtures and switches, we may be able to suggest a solution.

  • I appreciate the offer. Due to the current setup, I'll have to buy more wire. – Evil Elf Nov 13 '16 at 18:41

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