Old 09-13-03, 09:17 AM
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I just bought a new home most of the basement is finished.In the one bedroom there is an open junction box in the ceiling it has a group of black,white and one red wire.then at the open box for the switch it has two white wires tied together,two black wires tied together with one more black wire coming off joined to the red one.I tried to hook up the light red to black,white to white and ground.Then at the switch the redand black one and the white to another then ground.when switch is on its fine when you turn it off it humms and pops the breaker????????????????????
Old 09-13-03, 02:49 PM
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This appears that this room prewired to accept a ceiling fan. Perhaps the box in the ceiling is even a fan-rated metal box?? The black wire at the ceiling is designed to provide unswitched power to the fan motor. The red wire is designed to provide switched power for the fan's light.

I'm not sure I understood what you did (e.g., "the redand black one and the white to another then ground"). Here's what I think you should have done.

At the light:
  • Light black to ceiling red.
  • Light white to ceiling white.
  • Light ground to ceiling bare.
  • Cap off the ceiling black wire.
At the wall:
  • Both bare wires to the green screw (using a pigtail).
  • Red to one screw.
  • Pigtail off the two black wires to the other screw.
  • Leave the two white wires alone.
Is this what you tried?
Old 09-16-03, 08:24 PM
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thank you very much,I wasn'nt eliminating the white wires and leaving them in there own pigtail.works great now thanks!!!!!!!!

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