Be careful what you wish for.
I know you said "get it right before they print it" but we all know that
no matter how well intentioned they (and we) are, it is not going to be
perfect - ever. Things change, new ideas come up, old believes are
proved to be wrong.
What do you think would be worse - the code churn caused by a 3 year
cycle or living with whatever is wrong with the current code for 10 years.
There is actually a way to fix glitches between xycles in the
Technical Action Committee and the states or smaller AHJs are free to
write addenda to the code. Florida adopts the code by law but they got
around by that by adding a rule about bonding steel studs in the
We would certainly be better served if these codes were left to settle
a bit between cycles so we don't have changes to changes to changes.
Perhaps they might even wait until a product actually exists before
they mandate it;'s use.
It was necessary to wire it that way to include the wall switch in the
circuit and have a black wire and a white wire feed the light fixture. If
you were to open up the switch you would find that the white wire is hot and
the black wire is the load feeding the fixture. If the black on the switch
was hot and the white was the load you would end up with two white wires
feeding the light fixture. This wiring scheme is normal and an accepted
Do not make any changes to the wiring. Just disconnect the two wires from
the existing light fixture and connect the new light fixture to them.
Thanks alot for the answers, that makes sense. I have one more
challenge though. The location of the current junction box is not
correct. I actually need to install my light about 1 foot away from
the current lights' location. So I can't just connect the new light to
where the current light is. My plan was to put a cover on the junction
box that is there now.
Then install a new junction box in the new, correct location. So I
guess what I need to do is bring into my new junction box C4 (from the
switch) and C3? Then wire the black from C4 to the light fixture and
take the white from C3 and wire to the other leg of the light
fixture? Then obviously continue the wiring on the old, existing
Does that make sense?
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