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Uncovered strange configuration in ceiling light junction box


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Uncovered strange configuration in ceiling light junction box

Hi All,

I am replacing the ceiling light junction box with one rated for a ceiling fan, and I found this strange (dangerous?) configuration in the attached picture. I usually reproduce what was there before, but this strikes me as something I should at least get some advice for.
I note that the white/ground was previously capped to the white wire of the ceiling light, and the bottom white wire was capped to the black wire of the ceiling light.
The ground on the right, and the black capped wires, were just like that in the box.

Thanks for the help!!

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What is your question? .............................
 
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Old 05-26-18, 12:14 PM
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I thought it was incorrect to have the white wire connected to the ground, the other white wire going to the black wire of the light.
My question is if this looks like an okay configuration, and I can leave it as such
Sorry for not being clear, and thanks!!.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 12:23 PM
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The white spliced to the black is part of a switch loop . The white is taking power to the switch. The black from the same cable will be the switched hot back to the fixture .

the white splice to the ground is incorrect.
 
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Thanks! So I can leave it as is except I will pull apart the white spliced to the ground and connect the two grounds together. I will then rewire everything the way it was previously except for that change. Thanks again for the help!!
 
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Old 05-26-18, 12:46 PM
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I labeled your picture....

Your A cable is the switch loop. Your B cable is power.

White from A needs to be connected to the black of B.
The black from cable A goes to black of fixture.
The white cable from cable B goes to the white of fixture.
The two grounds get connected together,
 

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Thanks Pete! Just to confirm, does the white from cable B go to white of fixture? Also two connected grounds connect to ground of fixture, right? Again thanks for your tremendous help!

--Frank
 
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Old 05-26-18, 01:47 PM
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Yes...you are correct. I typed a mistake and just now corrected it. Sorry about that.
 
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Pete, Thank you so much. You made my day, and I hope you have an awesome weekend.

--Frank
 
 

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