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Old 03-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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I want to replace the fluorescent lights in my kitchen with a regular light. For example something similar to track lighting - can I do that fairly easily?

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It's not rocket science but it is always easier and you will end up with a better job if you hire a good electrician.

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Old 03-15-2009, 08:13 PM   #3
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if I hired for everything I can do myself with a little information, I'd be broke and homeless by now... I've replaced light fixtures before, I simply want to make sure it's basically the same process.

When the main panel fried, I hired a professional. Then I hired a professional in sheetrock repair when they slipped and stuck a foot through the ceiling...

From your call sign/name I suspect you are an electrician. I appreciate that and use the pros when it's necessary.
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Wear protective goggles or safety glasses.

Don't disconnect any wires in the junction box except the three that go to the existing fixture.

You might have to patch ceiling drywall from mounting holes left from the flourescent fixture.

A helper might come in handy. Posting photos are also good.

I'd get 120v track lights rather than the 12v 'former type.

Watch out for a 90C wire requirement if your place was built before 1985. Sometimes they don't show this restriction on the new fixture box.

I'd use a cheater cord and test the new fixture with a known good outlet before mounting it.

A DMM comes in handy in the unlikely event that you encounter problems.

Driving cars is about 30x more hazardous than electricity, on a yearly basis.

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... - can I do that fairly easily?
I think you are the only one who can answer this.
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I think you are the only one who can answer this.
That's kinda' why I listed some of the tasks involved.
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Now that sounds doable.. and yes I can do this - I was asking if it was technically possible without rewiring the whole shebang, but it sounds like I can use the existing wiring by checking a few things and being careful... Thanks guys!
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That's kinda' why I listed some of the tasks involved.
Yup.
Sorry, I was reading and typing while you posted.
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Forgot: the ceiling box can still be powered with the wall switch off so you should turn off the power at the circuit breaker.

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