Replace 1 ceiling fixture with ? many recessed


Old 06-06-01, 08:52 AM
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I want to replace 1 flourescent ceiling fixture in the kitchen with recessed lights. I know there are reccomendations for spacing the lights for appropriate coverage, but how many can I string together on the existing switch without overloading?

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Old 06-06-01, 11:55 AM
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It depends. What else is on that circuit? Assuming normal wiring of 14g on a 15 amp circuit, you can have 1500 watts of lighting total for the circuit.

Find the breaker to shut off the flourescent light. Turn off the breaker. Now figure out what else went off. Add up all the watts used on that circuit. Subtract that from 1500. That is the number of watts you have left on the circuit. You probably have most of the overhead lights on that floor on that same circuit.

Lets say that you have 6 additional light fixtures on that circuit at 100 watts per fixture. That is 600 watts. Subtract 600 from the max of 1500 for the circuit and leaves you 900 watts. If you figure 100 watts per can, that would be mean you could install 9 recessed cans.

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