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Old 06-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Noob trying to install some recessed lights and was wondering if anyone could be kind enough to explain the proper way to wire these up? Going to cut the holes in the ceiling and install the cans and daisy chain them.

Only thing I need help with is the connection to the outlet. The outlet is switched but also feeds another outlet that isn't. Bought the 14-2 and also was thinking about getting a bigger box as it seems like it would be to cramped in that small box and there is only two inlets so drilling a hole in the box doesn't seem like a good idea.

Any help would be much appreciated this is the only thing holding me back to get the last couple sheet of drywall in.




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Old 06-10-2012, 02:35 PM   #2
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Noob trying to install some recessed lights and was wondering if anyone could be kind enough to explain the proper way to wire these up?
...Only thing I need help with is the connection to the outlet.
Any help would be much appreciated...
Since the wall is open... I'd say plan to feed and switch the lights independent of the receptacle.

120V --> Switch ---> Lights = Done.

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response TarheelTerp but as easy as you make it sound my noobness is still confused. Would it be possible to remove the left romex from the outlet and use that to power/switch the lights? By doing that will the outlets still work? If I do end up going that route a junction box would need to be installed where the 2 wires tie in? That wall is the only one left waiting for drywall so im trying to figure out the safest and easiest way to get it done. Got the 14-2, cans, a new outlet and switch and ready to get this done.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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it appears your feed is already at the switch, just run your canlights to the switchbox.
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If I run the wire to the switch pictured as you stated would it be as easy as white to white and black to black ground to ground? If so would I be better off pig tailing the 3 black wires?

Also i would like to replace the switch with a dimmer if thats possible? Sorry for dragging this out but i just want to make sure I do it right so talking colors makes it easier for my noobness to understand

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put the two blacks and red together in a wirenut, with a short pigtail going to the switch, then your canlights go to the other terminal on the switch, and the whites in the back of the box.


In this case the receptacle will no longer be switched.
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Techy I cant thank you enough for taking the time to answer my question. Now before I attempt let me just make sure my silly brain understands 100%.....The red and two black wires wirenutted together with a pigtail going to the top terminal of the switch, the black wire from the cans to the bottom terminal of the switch and the white wire from the can wirenutted to the two existing white wires?
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that will work yes, the terminals on the switch dont matter
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Thanks again Techy....Going knee deep tomorrow and will post back once everything's in place.
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Techy, you truly are a genuine person and I cant even begin to thank you enough for taking the time to help me out.

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