what's the pink wire for?

Old 07-08-03, 01:41 PM
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what's the pink wire for?

I am trying to replace a ceiling fan with a light fixture in my kitchen. When I took the fan down I found a black wire, a white wire, the green grounding wire, and a pink/purple wire. I have tried connected the light everyway possible. When I eliminate the pink/purple the light works but the light switch on the wall doesn't turn it off, its only possible to turn off with the fuse box. I tried putting the blacks with the pink/purple into one wire nut, same result. When I tried putting the pink/purple in with the white wires the switch turned off the light but sent out a spark and puff of smoke. Help where is it supposed to go?
Old 07-08-03, 01:56 PM
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Normally two hot wires are run when wiring is installed for the ceiling fan so that the light and fan can be controlled separately. When you replace this with a light, you only need one hot.

It would help tremendously if you could remember how the fan was connected before you took it down.

Use a wire nut to securely cap off the black wire from the ceiling (make sure it can't touch anything). Then connect the black from your light to only the pink/purple wire.
Old 07-08-03, 02:02 PM
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Thank you

Oh, I am so happy that works. The ceiling fan had a white, black, and blue wire and was connected white to white, black to black, and pink to blue. Now I can go cook dinner!

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