Originally Posted by Square Eye
The connections can be made inside the fixtures. It's actually common practice to wire flourescent fixtures in parallel exactly as you described, but the connections must be made within an enclosure.
Gotcha. That's what I meant, but I didn't really understand the terminology.
I bought one Lithonia Lighting T8 strip from Home Depot. I'm going to replace one 44 inch fixture that is 30+ years old and generally crap these days. Installing it should be trivial - this is a different project from the basement job.