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handyjc 08-23-2012 07:28 PM

Hoping to move bathroom light in ceiling above mirror
I have an old light in the bathroom ceiling directly above the sink that I want to update. I want to put a new fixture above the mirror . I crawled in the attic and saw 3 sets of wires going to box where the old light is. the wires are not long enough to get to the desired location.The old light has a plate with 2 separate wires and chains coming out of it, connecting to 2 separate hooks with ugly globes on the ends as the fixtures. I removed the plate to see what I was dealing with, and saw the 3 sets of wires (attic) connected to the fixture. can I just disconnect the old fixture, add a length of the proper wire to reach the desired location, and connect the new fixture?

oh'mike 08-23-2012 07:58 PM

If you want to patch the ceiling where the old light was --you will need to replace the box with a Junction box that is accessible from the attic.

Then,yes, you could add the new wiring for the sconce lights.

Dierte 08-23-2012 08:08 PM

Is your current wiring grounded? If not you cant extend it to your new location.

handyjc 08-23-2012 08:10 PM

Yes it is grounded.

oh'mike 08-23-2012 08:12 PM

A picture always helps---

handyjc 08-23-2012 08:26 PM

not possible at the moment sorry. I'm not sure if all three wires need lengthened? I ask because all three feeds are currently connected to the fixture. By connected I mean 5 black wires nutted together 5 white nutted together, and all the grounds connected.

handyjc 08-23-2012 08:27 PM

By grounded do you mean a third "bare" wire ?? If so than yes

Dierte 08-23-2012 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by handyjc
By grounded do you mean a third "bare" wire ?? If so than yes

Yuppers. Just jbox thoses wires in the attic and drop a new wire to where you want your light to go.

handyjc 08-24-2012 05:55 AM

Ok so I jboxed them and dropped the new wire, than connected the new fixture. Now when I turn on the power the light comes on when switch is off and tripps the breaker when I turn it on... I triple checked my connections and they are sound. What did I do wrong??? Help

electures 08-24-2012 06:04 AM

You splice all the blacks together and all the whites. It is a short circuit. One of the wires is a switch leg.

handyjc 08-24-2012 08:03 AM

Oh ok. that makes total sense.

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