Installing ceiling fixture

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Old 02-21-07, 11:35 AM
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Unhappy Installing ceiling fixture

We have an existing box (wired) in the ceiling which was capped. The box is controlled by a wall switch. The box has a total of 6 wires: 2 each of white, black, and red....each pair taped together.

The fixture we bought has one copper ground wire, and a brown wire which is actually two wires (like the wire of a lamp). The instructions simply say to connect the wires, black to black and white to white....

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1. Since there are two of each colored wire in the box, which one of the two would I use?

2. Would the red wire not be used?

3. How do I now which one of the two wires encased in the brown fixture wire to connect to each wire in the ceiling? They look the same.

4. I can atach the copper ground wire to the ground screw in the mounting bracket, correct?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
 
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Old 02-21-07, 11:44 AM
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What is the wiring at the switch(es)?


One of two brown wires will be marked either with ridges on the the insulation or a white stripe or something. This is the neutral.

The ground wire of the light gets attached to the other ground wires or to the metal ceiling box.
 
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Old 02-21-07, 12:58 PM
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One of the two brown wires has the specs of the wire written all down it in white type....

The switch has 4 wires, two black, one red, one white.....
 
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Old 02-21-07, 01:10 PM
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What is the wiring at the switch(es)?

I need all the detail.

What cables are in each switch box? What wires are in the cables?H ow are the wires connected, to anything (each other, the switch, etc.)?
 
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Old 02-21-07, 01:29 PM
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There is only one switch box, connected to the left of the switch is one black and one red wire (each on separate terminals-screws) on the right side is one black and one white wire (again each on separate terminals-screws)
 
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I will suggest that you look at the switch box and see what colour the wire is hookup at the toggle switch location [ make sure the power is off to be on safe side]

once you know what colour the wire it is it can be easy trace back to the ceiling box

some box do have red wire in there some used for fan or ceiling light hookup seperated but you need a tester to verify the voltage which wire is hot and which one is switched side

* ok what you have to do is get the voltage tester or non concat voltage tester and turn one switch on one a time to get the correct switch there

the reason why you may have " switch loop " but senice you say black and red on one switch try to test that one first to see if you get the power there i am sure you may get this right at first try because other switch seems used for other function




Merci , marc
 

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Old 02-21-07, 06:14 PM
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You still have nor provided enough information for me to provide any assistance.

How many cables are present at the light and at the switch? Or hoe many conduits are present at the light and at the switch? What wires are in each cable or conduit? Are there other wires at either location you have not mentioned?

What color are the switch terminals?

I think that there is another switch, or at least another location where there used to be a switch.

What else is on this circuit?

Does this switch control anything else?

I think you are going to have to get a tester and test for power at the ceiling between all combinations of wires for power, with the switch in both the up and down positions.
 
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