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How to Install Wiring for a Second Light Fixture


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install One or More Light Fixtures to an Existing Light Fixture: Wiring for More Light Fixtures, Preventing Circuit Overload by Calculating the New Circuit Load, Locating the Power Source, Making the Electrical Wiring Connections.

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Electrical Question: I’m attempting to add a second light fixture to an existing wiring run, which currently has a single fixture attached to a single pole switch.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

This home electrical wiring question came from: Troy, in Poland, Ohio.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Troy.

How to Install One or More Light Fixtures to an Existing Light Fixture

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, hole saw and drill motor, drop cloth, a Voltage Tester and a fiberglass ladder.
Typical Materials Required: Type NM Cable or same type and gauge cable as the existing light circuit cable, staples for securing the cable, light fixture cut in box or required well supported fixture box for the specific light fixture, wire connectors.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, access to the circuit wiring and project area, and experience working with light circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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