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PamelaD

10:50AM | 06/23/07
Member Since: 06/22/07
1 lifetime posts
I'm doing a small bathroom update and replacing a big wall-to-wall vanity mirror with two framed mirrors above the double sinks. I want to replace the large chrome light bar with two lights, one above each mirror. They would be controlled by the same switch that is used now.

I've replaced light fixtures but never added one. When I remove the light bar do I take the existing wires and connect two to each with those twist on caps (sorry but I don't know what they are called) to extend the wires to the two new lights?

Thanks,

Pamela

TimBonham

06:09PM | 06/23/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
199 lifetime posts
Basically, yes.

Things to watch for:

- Make sure the wire nuts (that's the name) are of the right size to handle 3 wires. (Yellow or red ones, probably.)

- Make sure you are careful to match the wire colors when connecting them.

- These connections must be made inside an electrical box (don't connect them and then shove them back behind the plasterboard!), and that box must remain accessible (so you can't cover it up -- you need to have it there in the wall, just covered with a blank face plate. But you can paint or paper that cover to match your decor.)


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