Replacing fluorescents in kitchen


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Old 09-15-11, 05:51 PM
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Replacing fluorescents in kitchen

Rookie question here but haven't been able to find answer scouring the web

We have a gigantic light "box" on the ceiling in a smallish kitchen, within the box are 2 fluorescent fixtures, each holds 2 bulbs. Anyway, my plan is to replace this beast with a flush mount non-fluorescent light of some sort. So

2 questions:
1) Each fluorescent fixture has it's own cable coming out of ceiling. Obviously I don't need that many wires for a single flush mount so what do I do with the extra cable wires? Cap 'em and stuff back in ceiling?

2) Will the existing wires for the fluorescent work with a incandescent fixture? If not, is something I could handle on my own (very basic electric knowledge)?

I'm willing to hire someone but just seems fairly simple and I prefer to DIY, so figured I'd ask.

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Old 09-15-11, 06:18 PM
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what do I do with the extra cable wires? Cap 'em and stuff back in ceiling?
No that would be a code violation. Best plan is to find where it comes from then and disconnect and abandon in place. The other option is terminating it in a junction box. Since you will need a box for your new light you could run it to that box and cap it off.

Will the existing wires for the fluorescent work with a incandescent fixture?
Yes. If it is old 60 cable though you will have to be sure the fixture is compatible. Most modern fixtures, especially enclosed ones, require 90 wire.
 

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