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Old 02-03-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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multi outlet / light wiring question


as far as i understand all outlet or light are wiring in parallel circuit. so why does this graph said its in series, and it look like the circuit is same as the 2nd link, except one is pigtail and one is screw.

http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/w...ceptacles.html

http://www.buildmyowncabin.com/elect...ms-outlet.html

also for light fixture i can wire parallel like this? i pretty sure it can but like to verify it.

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Old 02-03-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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outlets are wired in parallel. the diagram is correct that you referred to but they definitely described it incorrectly. i asked them that question and am waiting for a reply.
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It doesn't say they are "in series."
It says they are in a series.
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2 or more receptacle outlets in a series
Maybe just a poor choice of words for electrical description.
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The one I am looking at says "Wiring Multiple Receptacles in Series".

Poor choice of words, probably by someone who knows nothing of electrical terms series and parallel.. They are in fact wired in parallel.
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ok thanks btw, the lighting fixture diagram that I drawn is ok? i mean i can connect that way?
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Yes you can. Match all the colours at the fixtures.
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Pigtail the wires before each plug/fixture,dont use the plugs/fixtures as a junction point
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Pigtail the wires before each plug/fixture,dont use the plugs/fixtures as a junction point
i see, why is that though? i would thought use the plug/fixture screw to connect both same color wire would be fine?
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Only one wire is permitted to be under a screw.
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