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davo420 02-12-2006 03:28 PM

Newbie--Wiring Recessed Lights..
 
Been cruising this forum for some time, but this is my first post. Great site!

I'm redoing my kitchen and plan on putting in recessed lighting.

Currently, the only lighting is a 4-foot flourescent panel that is hooked to one switch.

I want to remove that, and put in 6 6" recessed lights 75w.

If I plan on using the existing wire, and just extending it to the 6 locations, do I need to worry about anything?

This won't be a problem will it?

Any tips/advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

joed 02-12-2006 06:52 PM

Some jurisdictions require fluorescent lighting in the kitchen. It may be a code violation to remove it.

Mike Swearingen 02-12-2006 09:16 PM

Check with your Building Inspection Department for local code, and any permit and inspection requirements.
Mike

Speedy Petey 02-13-2006 08:23 AM

Davo, you should be fine doing as you intend.
How many lights in the fluorescent?
I would do a check to see exactly what is on that circuit to be certian you are not overloading it.

California is the only place I know of that has that stupid fluorescent requirement in kitchens.

davo420 02-13-2006 02:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speedy Petey
Davo, you should be fine doing as you intend.
How many lights in the fluorescent?
I would do a check to see exactly what is on that circuit to be certian you are not overloading it.

California is the only place I know of that has that stupid fluorescent requirement in kitchens.

The light is a 4 foot flurescent panel. 2 4ft. bulbs. 120v 60htz, can't find amperage or wattage.

There is a watt reducer balist.

And there is actually 2 wall switches (forgot about one).

How do I check the circuit? Just go find the one in the box, turn it off, and see what else goes off?

Thanks guys!!

Speedy Petey 02-13-2006 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by davo420
How do I check the circuit? Just go find the one in the box, turn it off, and see what else goes off?

Pretty much, yeah.
Try everything you can including receptacles.

CGofMP 02-14-2006 12:12 AM

Quote:

California is the only place I know of that has that stupid fluorescent requirement in kitchens.
WTF over?!

Any idea what the justification for flourescent only is?

I've never heard this before - though I do not question that it exists... I live in Ca and never cease to be amazed at the retarded laws they pass in this state...

Speedy Petey 02-14-2006 05:28 AM

There was a real long thread on another board about this. Several were defending it by giving stats of what is saved by this law. "XX tons of CO2 kept out of the atmosphere". "XX amounts of energy saved".
Fact is it is only a small percentage of the big picture. Something like making exting things more efficient would far outweigh the savings of this law.

Sorry, I have no facts but the web is full of them. I just have NO desire to go into all that. Let them have their laws.
Only problem is the have a nasty habit of creeping across the country to NY eventually. :mad:


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