Wiring Recessed lighting

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Old 07-25-15, 08:18 AM
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Wiring Recessed lighting

I have a dry walled ceiling in the basement that we'd like to add 6 lights to. Normally you would jump from the first light to the second, the second to the third, third to fourth, etc. Because the ceiling is finished and the joists only allow for you to run the wire one direction I was wondering if it would be ok to wire from the switch into light 1.
from light 1, go to lights 2 and 3,
from 3 go to 4 and 5.
then 5 to 6
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Old 07-25-15, 08:23 AM
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Sorry for the two pictures. not sure why they are both displaying.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 08:49 AM
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How do you plan on making the connection between 1 and 3 as well as 3 and 5? Yes, you can wire it just as you show, black to black, white to white and ground to ground. This is assuming power comes in at your switch. If it enters any other light fixture, different game plan.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 08:56 AM
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Exactly. I'm using the Halo remodel IC lights. so I was planning on using the stab locks. just wasn't 100 percent sure you could run more than two runs into the fire box.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 09:31 AM
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The stab connectors in the recessed lighting are perfectly fine to use. You can run up to 4 in the box, 'cause that's how many stabs you have in the can. Still don't know how you are going to circumvent running the wires across the joists from 1-3 and 3-5.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 09:45 AM
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for the run from 1-3 and 3-5 I have access via a soffit. that side of the basement is unfinished and has access.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 01:14 PM
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I have access via a soffit
Would you consider putting a deep octagon box J-box in the middle of the soffit and running power to it? You could get a lamp base type blank cover for it and paint to match the ceiling. That way just one cable to each light.

*I am guessing box-fill but if needed an extension ring could be added.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 02:30 PM
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I would go with your plan in post #1. You could loop the cable from 2 to 3, and 4 to 5 to make it easier to wire the cans (less wires in the boxes) but if you are using 14/2 cable you should be fine.
 
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Old 07-25-15, 02:34 PM
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With only a maximum of three cables to any one can, I don't see the problem in the way it is wired. Hot at switch and three cables in first can and third can. All the rest have less anyway.
 
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Thanks for the info. I am going to stick with the original diagram. Least amount of connections and wire needed
 
 

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