Should halogen recessed lights be wired in parallel?


Old 10-17-05, 07:49 AM
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Should halogen recessed lights be wired in parallel?

The toilet tank on our 2nd floor cracked & flooded the house, so while there's no ceiling in the living room, I'm going to install 6 halogen recessed lights on a dimmer. I've bought 6 Liteline Gallery halogen units, each with an MR16 E27 (120v 50w) lamp.
When I installed pot lights in the basement, I remember being told to run wire from the dimmer to a junction box & then a separate wire to each light. Does this have to be done? Also, can all 6 lights be on one dimmer, or do I need 2 dimmers?
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Old 10-17-05, 07:54 AM
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Everything in your entire house should be electrically wired in parallel (a wee bit of an overstatement). However, this does not mean that you need a junction box. You almost never need or want a junction box (which was also true in your basement). You can daisy-chain the cable (fixture to fixture to fixture) and still wire the lights electrically in parallel.

Six 50-watt fixtures totals 300 watts. Make sure your dimmer is rated for 600 watts, and you can put them all on one dimmer.
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