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running fixture wires into conduit

I'm starting to plan out my light setup and I plan on hanging it some how to make the tank look cleaner. My idea is running conduit along the side of the stand and having it bend 90 degrees over the tank.


Is there a way to hide the wires within the conduit itself? I don't want to cut any power wires. The wire fits fine, it's the plug I'm worried about!

If not, I guess ziptie-ing the wires to the conduit itself will have to suffice.
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You can certainly run it inside the conduit (I do on my fixture), but you will need to cut the wire and reconnect it, either with solder or using the twist connectors, as the plug won't fit.


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+1, it would have to be cut and reconnected near the plug.

Not a hard thing to do, and well worth it. Zipties don't fit my definition of clean

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To keep the clean look and still not have an ugly splice in the wire, you may want to look at taking the cord out of the fixture rather than cutting it. More than one way to go.
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Agree with all of you.


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To keep the clean look and still not have an ugly splice in the wire, you may want to look at taking the cord out of the fixture rather than cutting it. More than one way to go.
This light be the best plan of attack. Will check if its soldered or just attached.
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You might also look at the possibilities of making the splice inside the cover where it is hidden rather than outside. Might be room, might not?
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You can also make the splice anywhere inside the conduit. Slap on some heatshrink (or electrical tape)


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To keep the clean look and still not have an ugly splice in the wire, you may want to look at taking the cord out of the fixture rather than cutting it. More than one way to go.
On many fixtures, this is actually an easier way to go. You may not have to cut anything and if you do, it's easier to deal with.

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If the cut in the fixture wire is near the electric plug, that plug will presumably be behind the stand and out of sight, so a splice there won't be visible anyway. I have done that before.

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The reason for me objecting to putting splices in where they can be seen is not to save my eyes, since I know why they are where they wind up. Any time I make a repair or change, I think of when I will be getting rid of it as well as how I will use it.
People who don't DIY, often don't trust anything that has been repaired.
The fellow who I sell the item to , likely will not understand and he may think it a problem whether it is or not!
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The cleanest look was said above.. disconnect the wires from the fixture itself. If you are unsure about putting it back together you can get different colored tape and tape each wire a different color and put a piece of tape matching the color of the tape on the wire where it will be disconnected from on the fixture or you can buy numbers from the electrical department of the store and number the wires 1,2 ect. Then do the same one the corresponding part of the fixture
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Will look into how the wire attaches to the fixture. I found replacement wire on looms at Home Depot. I will just remove the wire or splice with in the fixture and replace the whole wire. If I do resell I will replace it all back to normal. The Home Depot employee day he'd match up the exact same wire for me. He said most people come in w chewed up wires get replacements.


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