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RyanNirg 10-14-2010 02:38 PM

Wiring Basement Recessed Lights
Hello all,

I'm in the process of installing some recessed lights in my basement bathroom. Here's my situation...

I plan on having 2 recessed lights in the bathroom. There is already a switch and wiring for the first light from a previous fixture that I removed. The wires come from the circuit breaker to the fixture first and then to a switch. So at the location where the first fixture will be there are 2 blacks, 2 whites, 2 bares, and 1 red(coming from the switch). My question is, how would I go about wiring in the 2 fixtures. Would I just combine each color with the 2 wires that are already there? And does the red just combine with the blacks? I would appreciate any help that you can offer. Thanks a lot!

AllanJ 10-14-2010 05:40 PM

What are all the wires down at the switch and how are those wires connected?

If you were adding a second light to a setup that was already working you would have connected the new cable from the second light to the first light, white to white and colored (black or red) to colored. When you removed the old light fixture there would be only two loose ends, one white and the other colored.

Some light fixtures have screw terminals instead of black/white wires of their own. You may connect only one wire to one screw. So at the first fixture you would have needed to connect a short piece of matching (white or black) wire to the fixture screw and connect the other end to both the original wire and to the new wire going to the second fixture. In this scenario you would have three white wires connected together with one wire nut and three colored wires connected with another wire nut.

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