I have removed a hot tub from my house and want to know if I can use the cable for some outdoor lights. The wire is a 8 gauge 3 wire hooked up to a double pole 50 Amp breaker. It is a lot of wire and rated for outdoor use. What is the best course of action. The wire

  • i know the wire is fine, I checked the cover and all is fine. i guess my question is what is the best way to take what i have and make it usable for a few lights and a plug. This will all be done outdoors. – raymondcg May 25 '16 at 20:20
  • Feel free to update the question title to better reflect the actual question. – isherwood May 25 '16 at 20:37

I would use the cable to feed a small sub-panel. Then you can feed your new circuits from that. This gives you a lot of flexibility.

Where was the hot tub? Where is this cable exactly?

  • That would be great, but the install is outdoors. not to sure if they have outdoor power panels for Canada. – raymondcg May 25 '16 at 20:28
  • I'm sure they do. Can you being the cable just inside the house/basement? – Speedy Petey May 25 '16 at 20:41
  • the line leaves the main breaker panel and travels inside the house 3 feet before leaving the house. I did find an outdoor panel that may work. [link] (homedepot.ca/en/home/…) – raymondcg May 25 '16 at 20:58

As long as the cable is in good condition, there's no problem with using it. However, using 8 AWG cable to feed general lighting, will be troublesome.

You could use it to supply a panel, which in turn could be used to supply the lighting.

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