Installed new fixture, light won't turn off

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Old 05-03-15, 08:18 PM
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Installed new fixture, light won't turn off

Hi there! First time poster.

I replaced my dining room light fixture with one I just bought from Ikea. I just took out the old fixture, connected the matching wires, turned the power back on (I turned off the power at the fuse box first), and when I turned it back on, the light wouldn't dim or even turn off.

I looked through some other posts of other people doing this, and it looks like connecting the wires of the same color isn't always the right way to hook up a fixture.

Based on these other posts, you're going to need to know what wires are at my switch, in order to tell me how to hook the wires up at my junction box. I have a red from my switch going to a red in the wall, and a black going to a black. There is a capped red/white not going anywhere. And a green ground.Name:  IMG_2190.jpg
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In the ceiling there's a red, black, and white (I think the black was not connected when I took the old fixture out, just capped). On the Ikea fixture, there's a green, white, and black, along with a green/yellow.Name:  IMG_2191.jpg
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I originally just figured attach black to black, white to white, and figured that by process of elimination, green should go with red. Per the Ikea "manual" I connected both the green and green/yellow to the remaining wire, in this case red.

Based on these pics, can you guys tell me how to get my fixture working again?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 05-03-15, 08:37 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You did not connect the new fixture like the old one was. You changed wiring colors.

The black in the ceiling should be connected to nothing and capped off.
The white is ok.
The red wire should be removed from the ground wire and connected to the black wire of the fixture.
The greens of the fixture go to the bare copper wire in the box.

You will be lucky if you haven't shorted the dimmer out by connecting the hot wire to ground.
 
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Thanks for the quick reply.

Based on your directions, I rewired it. Here is the pic.

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I turned the breaker back on, and flipped the switch. Nothing.

I figured I might have burned the dimmer, but before I go buy a new one, I wanted to double check to make sure I have the wiring correct.
 
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Old 05-03-15, 10:13 PM
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Replace the dimmer with a toggle switch to see if the light works properly.
 
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I bought a new dimmer and put it in, works great!

Thanks guys!
 
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Back in business. Thanks for letting us know how you made out.
 
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