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Old 05-31-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Can I wire my lights like this? Will I get any voltage drop or weird shenigans?

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Old 06-01-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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In your drawing, the source jumps the left and the center rows, and would only power the right row. If you want all of them run off one switch try something like one of these...
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Can I wire my lights like this? Will I get any voltage drop or weird shenigans?

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Voltage drop? Yes (although negligible).

Weird shenigans? Not exactly sure what a shenigan is, maybe you are thinking of a shenanigan? Yes as well, since only 2 of the lights in your diagram as shown will actually work.

I'd rethink the circuit as shown by SD515
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The original diagram is technically correct.
Some experts and electrical engineering professors insist that for the original diagram large dots (see next diagram), which incidentally correspond to wire nuts, be placed over the intersections of the lines that are not jumpovers.

For ordinary ceiling recessed lights (can lights) there is usually not enough room in the small junction boxes accompanying the lights. Separate larger junction boxes, with accessible covers and somewhat suggested by the original diagram, would be needed to contain all of the wires coming together.

The third diagram above is a method of avoiding the need for extra junction boxes. As with the previous diagrams, connect all the black wires together and, in separate bundles, connect all the white wires together.

If you cut too many corners for convience's sake then you may get shenigans.
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The original diagram is technically correct.
Some experts and electrical engineering professors insist that for the original diagram large dots (see next diagram), which incidentally correspond to wire nuts, be placed over the intersections of the lines that are not jumpovers.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:23 AM   #6
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Ooops! It was late last night when I posted. Sorry for the wrong diagram. I meant to wire like SD515 (first picture).

I'm going to try to squeeze everything in. I really hope I don't need an extra junction box per light. I'm just sick of drilling through joists right now to wire it like SD515 2nd picture.
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Having 3 cables in the built-in junction box should not be an issue.

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