recessed lighting in series blows fuse

Old 09-01-03, 10:03 PM
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recessed lighting in series blows fuse

I have installed three recessed lights in series. I started with the two furthest away from the switch and they worked. I added the first (in series) and final of the three and then the fuse blew. It is a 15A fuse. I removed the first light, replaced the fuse and tried the original two lights again without the first in the series. The fuse blew again. I am not sure why this is happening and wondered if there is an initial surge when using halogen can lights which may cause this. I also tested the light that I removed with a meter and the circuit seems to be complete.

I appreciate any thoughts on what may be going wrong.

thanks in advance.
Old 09-02-03, 05:12 AM
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The first thing I would check would be the wiring to see if there is a crossed connection or an obvious short that exists when the bulb is in the holder.
Old 09-02-03, 08:06 AM
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Why would you put the lights in series? You need to put them in parallel. In series you'll divide the voltage between the 3 lights, so each will only receive 1/3 of the 110V.
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Maybe by series he means daisy-chained?

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