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The push in connectors by wago require a spring to hold the conductor. It is my understanding that the wago type has more contact area then a backstabbed rec. My question is if backstabbing a rec is illegal why doesn't a push in connector pose the same safety issues.
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The push in connectors by wago require a spring to hold the conductor. It is my understanding that the wago type has more contact area then a backstabbed rec. My question is if backstabbing a rec is illegal why doesn't a push in connector pose the same safety issues.
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Probably not a good practice. Code was ammended due to knowing the load on a 20 amp circuit in certain circumstances generated enough heat to detemper the springs allowing for even more problems. Why risk it. Age and possibility of overloaded circuits make it seem risky in my book.
 

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invictus said:
I loved using wagos for low voltage but see em in fixtures, from the factory, alot
wondered how they hold up to the test of time?
Keep in mind, wagos installed in a fixture do not experience the movement created by plugging and unplugging cords into a back stabbed receptacle.
 

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There's no way a piece of spring steel is better than a copper to copper connection with a wire nut. I admit wagos are huge time savers and I like using them on ballast changes. But that's as far as I'll go with trusting them.
 
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