lighting fixture

Old 11-04-02, 02:20 PM
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lighting fixture

I just bought a new home. I am trying to install a ceiling light fixture. (You can assume I don't know anything about wiring). In the ceiling outlet box there is a black wire, a white wire, a red wire, and a copper grounding wire. In the light fixture there is a black wire, a white wire, and a copper grounding wire. The way I understand it, the black wires get connected with a wire nut and so do the white wires. The grounding wires are attached together and are placed on the grounding screw on the light fixture, but I don't know where the red wire goes.
Can you tell me if I have it correct, and what to do with the red wire? Thank you....
Old 11-04-02, 03:31 PM
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Just put a wire nut on it and tuck it up in the box. It either goes to a switch or is dummied up in a switch box for future use,, probably for a fan control.
Old 11-04-02, 05:10 PM
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Sounds like the room was prewired for a ceiling fan. Do you have two switches in one box on the wall? If so, then one switch probably switches the black wire and the other switch switches the red wire. As sberry said, just cap off the red wire for now. Sometime later when you want a ceiling fan there, you'll need it for the fan's light.

The above is on the assumption that there is only one wire of each of the colors you mentioned in the ceiling box. If there are more than one wire of each color there, post back.
Old 11-06-02, 07:41 AM
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Lighting fixture

Hello, I just wanted to post back and tell you that it worked out perfectly. You are correct, I had all the rooms pre-wired for ceiling fans. I'll let you know when I'm ready to tackle that
project , but I just wanted to say thank you.

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