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Old 04-16-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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Replacing hall light fixtures with recessed lights


I'm doing a straight one for one replacement of some flush mount ceiling fixtures with 5 inch recessed lights (IC rated). My question is with the wiring. The flush mounted fixture just had the black and white wires connected (the bare wire from the switch was coiled up and capped by the builder). The recessed lighting fixture has the black and white connections and separate green and bare wire connectors (the green/ground wire is connected to the box of the fixture). Do I just use the bare wire fixture connector to connect to the bare wire from the switch (and leave the green/ground fixture wire alone/disconnected) or should I combine the green and the bare wire at the fixture and connect them to the bare wire from the switch? So I would have:

Switch--Fixture
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Blk------Blk
White---White
Bare----Green
Bare----Bare


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The green is for grounding the box. The bare is for grounding the fixture. Connect them both to the bare from the switch box with one wire nut. Look in the switch box and make sure the ground is connected to the bare wire which feeds the switch or if it is curled up in there too.

The black - black and white - white is correct.

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Your bare wire and green wire can and should be twisted and wire nutted together. Be sure to pigtail a ground to the green screw on the switch if it is in a plastic box. If it is in a plastic box and doesn't have a green screw, you have the wrong switch.
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Sounds good - I'll check the switch as well to make sure the bare wire is connected there too. Thanks for the quick response!
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