Light Wont Turn Off! Wiring Problem?

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Old 01-11-07, 07:15 AM
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Light Wont Turn Off! Wiring Problem?

I live in an old house and I have removed an old ceiling fan with lights. When I connect my new light over the table (yes, the previous owner had a fan over their kitchen table), the lights come on...but i cannot turn it off!!! Is there something wrong with my connection or is it my switch? I have so many wires coming our of places, i don't know what to do anymore!!

from the ceiling...there are 3 black wires from the ceiling connected to eachother and then connected to 1 black wire

from the ceiling...there are 3 white wires from the ceiling connected to eachother and then connected to 1 white wire.

from the ceiling...there is 1 red wire.

from the ceiling...there is the ground wires for all of this also.

so i connected my fixture white to the 1 white (which is ultimately connected to 3 white) AND i connected the fixture black to the 1 black (which is ultimately connected to 3 black).

I hope this helps. Anything you could do for me would be great. -thanks
 
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Old 01-11-07, 07:26 AM
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How did the fan operate? Was it controlled by the switch? How was it wired? You did take detailed note of the fan's connections before you disconnected it, didn't you?

I suspect that you should be connecting the light's black wire tot he red wire in the ceiling, but this is a guess.

How you wire the light should be based on how the fan was wired and how it operated, and on what your testing of the wires confirms.
 
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Old 01-11-07, 07:29 AM
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do you actually think i was smart enough look at how the fan was connected before i removed it? I'm dumb, i know. Yes, the fan was controlled by one switch. then i just used the chains to either turn on the light, the fan, or both.
 
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Old 01-11-07, 07:48 AM
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I suspect the fan was wired to be operated by the switch on the fan and the light was operated by the switch on the wall.
Try this.
Connect the light between the white and the red.
Remove the short pigtail from the black group. That was unswitched power to the fan and you don't need it.
 
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Old 01-11-07, 08:50 AM
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you're a genious. it worked. thanks so much.
 
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