need help wiring "keyless plastic ceiling lampholder"

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Old 09-07-13, 09:41 AM
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need help wiring "keyless plastic ceiling lampholder"

I just bought my first house, the basement is unfinished and has only one light at the bottom of the stairs, but it looks like there are 3 boxes that can have a fixture installed, I bought 2 basic "keyless plastic ceiling lamp holders" I wired the first one like the guy said to and when I turned the breaker back on the light was on without the switch being on, he said to put both white and both black on, I have a picture of what wires I have to work with, any help will be much appreciated, I can post any other pictures if someone tells me what I need to take one of to help.
 
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Old 09-07-13, 10:37 AM
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Most likely the red is the switched hot so use that and the white neutral.

Also - should have a wire nut on the bare copper grounding wires. Just twisting them together is not enough.
 
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Old 09-07-13, 10:42 AM
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If you find the red wire is not switched either, go back to hardware store and buy pull chain porcelain (or plastic) fixtures.
 
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Old 09-07-13, 10:53 AM
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Unless wiring goes under some drywall should be able to follow wires back to source. If a switch open it and take picture of wires.
 
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Thank you, red did it! And I put a nut on the ground wire
 
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Old 09-07-13, 11:02 AM
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Glad you got it. Thanks for letting us know.
 
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