ceiling light replacement - trouble

Old 12-31-02, 03:29 PM
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ceiling light replacement - trouble

Help! I am trying to replace a ceiling light fixture which is controlled by a wall switch. The old fixture had was only a one-bulb lamp and had one black wire and one white wire.

The wireing from the ceiling outlet includes 3 white wires, 3 black wires, 3 copper wires, and one red wire. The way the original fixture was wired was - all 3 white wires were twisted together and spliced to the one white wire on the light; all 3 black wires were twisted together and capped off; and the red wire was spliced to the black wire from the light. The three copper ground wires were twisted together and capped off - no grounding at all!

My new light has three separate bulb sockets and is wired with one white and one black wire for EACH socket.
= 3 black wires, and 3 white wires

The problem. . . first I took all three ground wires and wrapped them ground screw on the mounting plate. Then I connected each ceiling white wire to a white wire on the light; then I connected each black ceiling wire to a black wire on the light. I capped off the red wire (I know, but I wasn't sure how to hook it up) When I turned
on the circuit, there was only one light socket that worked (with out the light switch, of course).

How can I hook up all of the wires so that the light switch will work?
Old 12-31-02, 04:43 PM
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Put all the black wires back the way they were before.
Put all the white wires together including the 3 new ones.
Put the three black wires from the new light to the red wire.
Put the ground wires all together with a short 4 inch piece sticking out of the connector.
Connect the short ground wire to the fixture.
You are not allowed to put more than one wire under a screw.

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