Putting 2 lights where there was 1 before

Old 11-20-05, 05:32 PM
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Putting 2 lights where there was 1 before

I'm setting up my garage to be a woodshop. I need a lot of light. I want to install 2 8' fluorescent light strips. All that I've got in there right now is a regular light bulb.

Is it possible to power those 2 strips with the wiring in place for that single bulb?
Old 11-20-05, 08:21 PM
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Yes, you'll need an extension ring {4" or 3" round....?} for the existing box if its not surface mounted.Then I would run MC cable ,the same gauge as the existing wiring {MC is like BX only with an insulated ground} out of the box to each fixture.You can also use EMT conduit if you like,runnig cable is hard to keep straight especially in a long run on a ceiling.
Old 11-21-05, 11:22 PM
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So when I pull off the existing light, I'm going to see one set of wires. Do I just attach both MC cables to the existing wires at the same time?

I'm new to this, and am trying to learn about wiring in general. I don't want to make any misassumptions. If anyone is willing to walk me through it at a dumbed down level, I'd appreciate it.
Old 11-22-05, 06:05 PM
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You might see more than one set of wires. Leave everything alone except the two wires that are connected to the existing fixture. Those are the only two wires + ground that you need to deal with.

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