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enter image description hereI have an outdoor wall sconce with two candle style bulbs and two sets of wires for each candle. I want to replace this fixture with the new one which has only one light bulb. I don't really want to leave the extra set of wires in the junction box inside the wall. The question is: how to rewire two sets of wires into the one?

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    Please revise your question post to include all relevant information. Also, that wasn't very clear. Two for each? Two total? (Your post says two each.) How are they connected? Please help us help you.
    – isherwood
    Nov 22 at 16:17
  • Are there other outdoor fixtures controlled by the same switch? How many wires/cables are coming into the electrical box? Nov 22 at 16:22
  • only one sconce! it has two bulbs and two sets of black and white wires - one set for each bulb. don't see how to upload the picture. Nov 22 at 16:33
  • ok, I posted the pic. exactly the same candle next to this one. Nov 22 at 16:43
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    Dismount this fixture completely. There will be two wires feeding it. Disconnect the fixture from those, connect the new fixture.
    – keshlam
    Nov 23 at 3:35

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Legrand Wiremold surface conduit is made for that purpose. You stick a starter box over the existing light junction box, then run surface conduit to the location of your desired boxes, then fit surface mount boxes there. It does that while looking tasteful, no drywall work needed.

Make sure you put the junction boxes on joists so you have some meat to anchor into. Hanging lights can be heavy, and more to the point they can be struck accidentally. When that happens, you don't want it to tear the drywall anchors out of the drywall.

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  • Thanks a lot everybody for the inputs. I think there should be no problem : after close look (actually I didn't do it earlier) I see the wires to the bulbs connected to hot and neutral ones via connectors, so I will just get rid of them and hardwire the new fixture directly. Thanks again. Nov 22 at 23:09
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In the junction box, you should find three, four pairs of black/white wire:

  • from the switch or panel
  • to the switch (if it is a switch poop)
  • on to the next fixture (if any)
  • light 1
  • light 2

When you open up the junction box it should be very clear which wires go to lights 1 and 2. Take pictures. Remove the wires to lights 1 and 2. Connect the wires from the new fixture to the place where the old light wires were connected. Do NOT change any other connections.

If your new fixture has screw terminals instead of wires then you'll reuse one of the old sets.

If you're not sure what to do, upload the junction box picture before disconnecting any wires.

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