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alejandro741

05:04AM | 02/28/05
Member Since: 02/27/05
I bought a set of 6 recessed can lights and I wanted to install them all into one switch in my living room. There is currently no drywall since it was all removed for a repair and I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade the lighting. What is the proper way of wiring these???How do I group the lights into the switch? All of them into one junction box? Or should there be multiple junction boxes???

bravey

10:25AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
The arrangement you describe is very common. You would be wise to purchase a book on wiring and find the situation you describe.

Each fixture must either have a built-in junction box or you must install a fixture box to which the light fixture is attached. Be sure that your circuit can handle another 600 watts of load. Run power to the switch box first. Switch the black (hot) leg and pass the white (conducting ground) and copper (ground) wires through. Wiring is to each light in a daisy chain fashion. Each fixture is wired at its own box. The lights are wired in parallel to the conductors passing through. If none of this makes sense, find an electrician or someone trained in electrical wiring to help.

Regards

MistressEll

03:25PM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
I believe your referring to a series parallel installation.

bravey

05:22AM | 03/21/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
No, I mean a parallel circuit only. A series-parallel includes both series and parallel wiring of components within the same circuit. See www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_1/chpt_7/1.html for an illustration.

Regards

MistressEll

04:12AM | 03/23/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
switch wire and neut into each can and out to the next one is series parallel.all in series with the ONE switch lead, thru to next can neutral each one. each CAN is parallel yet in series i.e.

start: switch box

|| Switch lead and neutral from switch

||

== first light circuit (internal) can switch to black white to white on "in side" thru fixture circuit, OUT side black (fixture circuit) and white to conductors to NEXT CAN 'in side'.

|| on way to next can (can #2 from can #1)

= black from can #1 to black "in" can #2 , white "from" can #1 to white "in" can #2" and out side wiring from can #2 "out" to conductors going "to" "in side" can #3., etc. etc. until last can #6 completes loop to switch.

Can #1's lighting (internal) circuit is parallel to Can #2, but in series from the switch, hence series parallel.