I was wiring a Lightolier recessed light (model 1000AICM) and I noticed that the junction box has three black wires and one neutral. I've never encountered this before. I conjecture the following: the three black wires are actually connected and are there only to facilitate daisy chaining of lights. So if I'm wiring a single light, I should connect hot to any one of the black wires and simply connect the other two together with a small wire nut.

Am I right? If so, why aren't there three neutrals, too?

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  • Is one of the black wires black because it's taped black? If so is there a wall switch for this fixture location?
    – Tyson
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 13:47
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    Can you post a picture?
    – bib
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 13:53
  • They are bona fide black wires.
    – Wynne
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 14:01
  • Can you see where the wires go inside the housing?
    – Tester101
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 14:09
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    Is the photo showing the wires coming out of the housing (and into the junction box), or is it showing wires feeding into the junction box from the circuit?
    – Tester101
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 15:19


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