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Splitting Electricity Between Two Fixtures – a DIY Project?

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    LESLIE: Heading out west to Hawaii where Gary has an electrical question.  Aloha, Gary! How can we help you?
    GARY: Aloha. Thank you, guys, very much.  I have a situation in my bathroom where I actually want to take an existing wall light and I want to remove it and then create a situation where I have a light on either side of the mirror. So I’ve got this one electrical feed coming out of the wall. And what I want to do is I want to kind of splice it so that I could take one wire off to the left and one wire off to the right of the mirror. And I’m trying to find out if there’s an easy way to do that or if, basically, there’s a kit that might help me do that because I’m not an electrical – I’m not an electrical genius here.

    TOM: So, because you’re not an electrical genius, I don’t want you to try this yourself, OK?

    GARY: OK.

    TOM: Some basic electrical maintenance is DIY-friendly, but this project isn’t. But I will tell you that it’s a fairly easy project that any electrician could do this for you. Since you have power going through the one fixture, it’s very easy to split that off into two separate fixtures and use the same switch that the other fixture was on. So it’s a really simple project but I don’t want you doing it yourself. Because if you want to tackle a plumbing project, you can get wet; if you want to tackle an electrical project, you could get dead. So, we don’t want you to try that yourself, alright? You’ve got to use common sense.

    GARY: OK. OK. Very good. I appreciate the advice, yeah. Thank you very much.

    TOM: Alright. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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