I’m looking to add a new fixture to a masonry ceiling of the living room an open floor plan home.
The existing electrical raceways to all ceiling fixtures are done with exposed 1/2” conduit mounted directly to the masonry ceiling. The dining area, which is open to the living area, already has a track lighting fixture with a raceway running to it. This raceway originates in a standard 4” square junction box in a hallway wall and emerges from the wall at ceiling level where it then extends 10-15’ to the fixture. The junction box contains a switch for the track lighting fixture, a switch for a wall outlet and some other spliced connections for non-switched outlets. All of these circuits (switched light, switched outlet, non-stitched outlets) are on the same 15 amp breaker.
The new fixture would be added to this same 15 amp branch circuit and would be wired to the existing switch in the junction box that’s now used for an outlet (the outlet would just be moved to the common hot and become non-switched). I would prefer not to run new conduit through any finished walls and am instead hoping to leverage the existing raceway of the dining area’s track lighting to get the new fixture’s wiring from the junction box up to the ceiling. I would then use a simple T-style conduit body to split-off a new section of raceway toward the new fixture. This T-style conduit body would be necessary as the existing track lighting does not have its own junction box to branch from (the conduit just connects directly to the track).
This seems perfectly logical, but I don’t think I’ve seen it done like this anywhere else. All the other raceways in the home appear to be dedicated to a single switched circuit, even if it means running lots of conduit from the same branch circuit physically in parallel over large distances. Because of this I’d like to know if there is a NEC-based reason not “share” and “branch” a raceway like this, specifically with a conduit body as opposed to a new junction box. Maybe I don’t see it anywhere else because it just doesn’t “look” as nice when the raceways are exposed?
I’ve confirmed that:
- Adding the new fixture will not mean exceeding the recommended 1440W limit for the 15 amp branch circuit.
- Sharing part of the raceway (4x14 AWG conductors — 2 hot and 2 neutrals) would come nowhere near the 1/2” conduit fill capacity. Derating is also not a factor AFAIK.
- There would be no splices in the T-style conduit body (I would pull separate neutrals for each fixture), so its fill capacity would be the same as the raceway, and therefore well within limits.
- The bend radius allowance for a standard off-the-shelf 1/2” T-style conduit body with 14 AWG wire appears to be well within limits.
- The box fill for the existing junction box would still be within allowed limits, even with these minor changes.
Are there any factors that I’m missing, or is this actually a very common setup?