Light won't turn off

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Old 04-14-12, 07:36 PM
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Light won't turn off

I was changing a light in our sunroom and after it was changed the light will not turn off. in the wall there is a black, white, red, and ground wire. On the fixture there is a white, black, and ground wire.

I put black to black, white to white, and grounded the wires together.

I also looked at the switch and there are only black and red wires running off of the switch.

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Old 04-14-12, 07:41 PM
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Did you change the wiring at the switch? Is the fixture operated by two switches? If so, check the position of the other switch and make sure it is either completely up or down.
 
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Old 04-14-12, 07:46 PM
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I did not change anything at all at the switch. There is only one switch that operates that light too.... doesnt matter if I switch it on or off, the light stays on.
 
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Old 04-14-12, 08:00 PM
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in the wall there is a black, white, red, and ground wire.

I also looked at the switch and there are only black and red wires running off of the switch.
What is the white wire in the wall connected to? Is there no red wire at the fixture?
 
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There is no red wire on the fixture.

Not sure what you mean by what the white wire is connected too?

Do you want a picture of the wall behind the fixture?
 
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Old 04-14-12, 08:37 PM
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Maybe I misunderstood something. Is this a wall-mounted fixture? And when you say
in the wall there is a black, white, red, and ground wire,
are you referring to the wall box the fixture mounts on?

If so, then you probably need to connect the black wire on the fixture to the red wire in the wall - not to the black wires.
 
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I'm getting my bearings on this, too. I would cap the black in the wall, hook my black from the fixture to the red, white to white, gnd to gnd. You may find there is something else not working once you hook this up. We'll wait till you find it....like a receptacle or something.
 
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Light won't turn off

Your neutral wire is grounded before the light switch. Power will travel through the light bulb and continue through ground instead of being stopped at the light switch
 
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Welcome to the forums, Slomo.

BTW, this thread is a year and a half old.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 09:31 PM
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Your neutral wire is grounded before the light switch. Power will travel through the light bulb and continue through ground instead of being stopped at the light switch
IDK if it's the way you said it or the way I'm hearing it but this doesn't make sense to me.

All neutral conductors are "grounded ahead of the switch" or the receptacle. If they weren't, they wouldn't be grounded conductors, which is what neutrals are. When we open a hot-to-neutral circuit by unplugging the load or "turning the switch off" on the ungrounded conductor, the light turns off.
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'Do you have a different way of explaining what you meant?
 
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