Electrical outlet wiring


Old 07-15-14, 05:57 PM
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Electrical outlet wiring

I replaced 2 basement light fixtures with outlets. Each outlet has a plug-in fluorescent fixture attached and an unused receptacle. Both are attached to the same switch. When I first placed the outlets into operation everything worked as expected. Then when I plugged something additional into one of the outlets the light on the other outlet went out. Both outlets have 2 red wires and 1 white. I connected the red wires to the hot side of the outlet on each and the white wire to the neutral side. Trying to figure out what's happening.
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Old 07-15-14, 06:11 PM
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You replaced two basement light fixtures with receptacles.
How did you get red wire.... are these junction boxes connected with conduit ?

It almost sounds like there is an electronic device in the supply line.... like a dimmer.
Old 07-15-14, 06:15 PM
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Did you trip a circuit breaker,?will the circuit work when you remove the newly added load?check for a loose connection in the outlet you were using.
Old 07-15-14, 08:18 PM
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I removed the simple fixture and used the wiring that was attached to that. I guess the fixture was hooked up with 1 red and 1 white. I probably uncapped the 2nd red and attached it to the 2nd hot screw. Maybe I have to use only 1 red and cap the other one off.

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