Multiple Recessed--Remodel

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Old 09-19-06, 08:21 AM
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Multiple Recessed--Remodel

I want to pull down an existing Flourescent fixture in my kitchen and replace with 5? can lights or so. The current fixture has 4 bulbs. Can I just install one and just run 12guage wiring from the junction box on that light on to the next and so forth?

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Old 09-19-06, 08:44 AM
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We need to find out what the load on the current circuit is.

Find the breaker that controlls this light, then turn it off.
Next go arround and count the watts for every lamp or light on that circuit. You will know what to count because the stuff you are counting is off and everyting else is on. Be sure to check recepticles as well.

Post your results and we can go from there.
 
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Old 09-19-06, 08:46 AM
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You need to determine the load on the existing lighting circuit first. Once you figure out everything that is being served by that circuit you can decide if the new lighting cans will overload the circuit. Check the breaker for that circuit to see if it is 15 or 20 amp. A 15 amp lighting circuit can safely handle a 1440 watt load.
I suspect that the existing wire to your flourescent fixture is probably 14 ga indicating a 15 amp circuit. If the circuit is 15 amp use 14 ga wire for the new lights not 12 ga.
 
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Old 09-19-06, 12:05 PM
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Question lights on circuit

This fixture was the only item on the circuit. It is a 15amp breaker, so from what I understand it would be best to use 14guage. And how many lights will this circuit carry?
 
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Old 09-19-06, 03:15 PM
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A 15 amp circuit can handle a lighting load of 1440 watts. If you were to use 75 watt bulbs in your recessed cans, you could safely install 19 lights.
 
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Old 09-21-06, 01:58 PM
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Question Daisy Chain

Would it be safe to Daisy Chain 6 of these together. Run wire from original box to light, then to next, so forth?

thanks again for the help!
 
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Old 09-22-06, 03:03 AM
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Yes. Daisy chain is one proper way to do most all electrical wiring.
 
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Old 09-22-06, 06:09 AM
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H2O - The cans have an attached J-box. You can either daisy chain from there or branch off from there as long as you don't overfill the box. Whichever is easier.
 
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