Need Help With Light Wiring

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Old 08-17-02, 06:53 AM
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Need Help With Light Wiring

I will attempt to describe all the wires, etc. the best I can. I have a ceiling fan that suddenly went dead. I tried new bulbs and also a very basic fixture at this spot but they did not work. Tho other lights and outlets on the electric line work so I think the problem is at the fixture.

From the ceiling there are: 2 whites wires that are wrapped together, 2 black wires that are wrapped together. 1 red wire and 2 bare wires wrapped together (grounds).

The dimmer switch that controls the light has a red wire that is connected to a red from the wall. Also the switch has a black wire that is connected to 3 blacks that are wrapped togerher (the 3 blacks are from the inside of the wall). Also at the switch there are 3 white wires that are wrapped and capped in the wall - the whites do not connect to the switch.

An electrician friend told me to connect the ceiling fixture to a new fan last year as follows: Red from ceiling to blue and black on the fan, both whites from ceiling (there were 2 that are wrapped) to white on fan. The 2 blacks in the ceiling are wrapped and capped an do not connect to the fan.

This setup worked for a year but now nothing just at this fixture.

THere is not a GFI for just this fixture (or the entire line for that matter). I did switch 2 of the circut breakers in the basement to see if maybe on was bad but no luck. The house was built in 1990 in ROchester, NY. 150 AMP service I think with 15 AMP breakers.

Any help is appreciated.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 12:36 PM
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Sounds like you have a dimmer controlling both the fan motor and fan light. If this is a regular dimmer switch, then this will lead to rapid burnout of the motor.

The wiring you describe as told to you by your electrician friend is correct.

If the fan motor is not working, but the fan light is, then use of the dimmer probably burnt out the motor. If neither the motor nor the light is working, then the dimmer probably died. I suggest you replace the dimmer with an ordinary (non-dimming) switch and see if that works.
 
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Old 08-19-02, 05:28 AM
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i tried another new dimmer switch and it worked - THANKS!
 
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