Installing ceiling fan. Red or white, which is hot?

Old 04-16-04, 10:03 AM
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Question Installing ceiling fan. Red or white, which is hot?

I shut off the breaker, pulled the old circline flourescent fixture down, and there are two wires. One red, one white. Am I to assume the white wire is hot, or is it the red wire. This is an old GI bill home built sometime in the mid to late 40's. Anyone know?

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If you are in North America, red is hot and white is neutral.
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Typically the red wire will be the hot wire.
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Is it possible the white is hot and the red is a jumper wire?

Jumper wire meaning the light has two on/off switches. One on one wall and the other on another wall.

Like lights used in hallways, where the light can be turned on or off at either end of the hallway.

Or is the two wire system not possible to have dual turn on/off locations.??? Just curious.

Hello: Miguello.

Are the wires you are referring to in an electrical box?

In a conduit? and not in an electrical box.

Wires on the light fixture maybe?

Not sure to which wires you are referring to.

Kindly explain to which the wires belong. Thanks.

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Already done, and works fine, thanks.

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