Replacing ceiling fan with light ficture

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Old 04-28-07, 11:08 AM
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Replacing ceiling fan with light ficture

I removed the ceiling fan from ceiling to find there are 2 black wires and two white wires coming from the outlet box in the ceiling. The light ficture I have has 2 white, 2black and 1 green. When attempting to connect all whites to whites and blacks to black I trip the breaker. I purchased a tester to try to find + and - It tells me to place the black tester wire on a grounded screw and the red on a wire. I am getting no light, though I have wired the fixture a few ways that lights came off but would not turn on or off via switch.
 
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Old 04-28-07, 11:37 AM
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are you sure of the wiring of the orginal fixture?

sometimes people feel a bit stupid for not keeping track of things, and as a result do not tell us all of the information we need right away.

I have done most of the stupid mistakes that can be made, and seen most of the rest.. lol

You say you have tried to wire the fixtures a few different ways, do you know which way it was wired origanally? what have you tried and did not work?
 
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Old 04-28-07, 11:44 AM
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code probably requires the ceiling fan

why not get one with a built in light ?
 
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Old 04-28-07, 11:51 AM
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"code probably requires the ceiling fan "

Can you provide one code reference from any governing body that requires ceiling fans?
 
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Sounds to me like a simple switch loop.

Using your tester, find the black lead and white lead combination that activates the tester. Connect this white lead to the white leads of the lamp fixture. Connect the black lead that activated the tester to the remaining white lead in the box and stuff it into the box. Connect the remaining black lead from the box to the black leads of the lamp fixture.
 
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missed the ceiling portion ,

I thought it was a vent fan
 
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Old 04-28-07, 12:35 PM
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"missed the ceiling portion ,

I thought it was a vent fan"


I like to learn, what is the code reference to that?
 
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I thought we where talking about a bathroom exhaust vent fan, I had just read that thread
 
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"I thought we where talking about a bathroom exhaust vent fan, I had just read that thread"

the requirement to have a bath exhaust vent is not in the electrical code.

when one is required, what circuit it needs to be on, is.
 
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if there are no windows the bldg code requires them

no ?

which goes back to my original answer , where he replacing a a bathroom vent with a light the vent fan might be required by code
 
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There are some places in the US where the BUILDING code requires a vent fan in a bathroom that has no windows. However it is the building code, not the electrical code that requires the vent.


In this case I too suspect a switch loop. If we are told the wiring at the switch we can certainly figure this out.
 
 

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