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jessiebo

05:29PM | 07/19/03
Member Since: 07/18/03
2 lifetime posts
I am attempting to replace two overbearing fluorescent lighting fixtures in my tiny kitchen with four recessed fixtures. The two current fixtures appear to be wired in series in the attic, but it seems to make more sense to me that the four new fixtures should be wired in parallel. However, I don't want to end up with an octopus of wires in the attic, nor do I wish to pull up wires from the switch. Is there a standard/simpler way to do this? Thanks!

Tom O

03:06AM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
What you are referring to as parallel is probably what is really called daisey chain. Starting at the first fixture, you have one cable coming in bringing power and one cable leaving taking power to the next fixture, this continues to the last fixture which should only have one cable.

Tom

jessiebo

10:48AM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 07/18/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Tom, that is what I was thinking in the first place, yet over-thinking caused me to confuse myself. Makes perfect sense. I have another question; does a small kitchen lighting modification like this usually require a permit or inspection?

Tom O

11:08AM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
That can only be answered by a call to your local building department. Where I live, the answer would be no.


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