Splicing into existing light fixtures??


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Old 05-24-15, 03:56 PM
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Splicing into existing light fixtures??

Hello all. First post, but long time lurker. I am in need of some electrical advice. I have a basement living room with 2 existing light fixtures. I am wanting to replace them with recessed fixtures and add 4 more. More specifically, I would like to splice 2 new fixtures to each existing fixture like I drew in the following diagram. Also, the switch is 3-way if that makes a difference.

Is it ok to just splice into these locations, or do they all need to be in line?? Also, the switch is 3-way if that makes a difference.
 
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Old 05-24-15, 04:20 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

As long as the two exisitng lights operate with the switches then you can do what you want.
You will connect your new lights the same as the existing ones.
 
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Old 05-24-15, 05:27 PM
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It is possible that the junction boxes are too small to accommodate all the spliced in sub-branches. Most recessed ceiling light fixtures (can lights) come with their own junction boxes that are just big enough for one 14-2 cable bringing power in and one 14-2 cable continuing on to the next light. This would force an in-line wiring arrangement.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I see what you mean on the small junction boxes... might have to see if I can maybe add a bigger box on the 2 center fixtures?? Having to run new wire might be a deal breaker for me!
 
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Old 05-24-15, 08:07 PM
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You can pull the can out and install a separate junction box next to the light.
Since the can is removable.... the splice is accessible.
 
 

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