New light fixture in an old house

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Old 09-19-18, 03:19 PM
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New light fixture in an old house

I am replacing a old light fixture with a new fixture but the wire colors donít match. The old wires colors are white, red and beige, but the new light fixture wires are black, white and a bare copper wire. Do I match the red and the black? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Weren't the white and "beige" wires combined when you removed the old fixture ?

White, red and beige should equal a red and two white wires.
The two whites connect to the fixture white and the red connects to the fixture black.
The ground wire may have to go to an available screw inside the box.
 
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It is not possible to have more white wires then colored wires coming into the box..

Every cable has the same or greater number of colored wires than white wire)s_.

How was the old fixture connected originally?

Connect the wire(s) that were on the old fixture gold screw or black wire to the new fixture black wire. Connect the wire(s) that were on the old fixture silver screw or white wire to the new fixture white wire.

(If the above does not help you might need to do extensive tests with a voltmeter to get it right. Fewer tests might be needed to get it working. Like which two wires have 120 volts between them when the wall switch is on and zero volts between them if the wall switch is off; match colors as best as you can with the new fixture.
 
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Old 09-20-18, 06:18 AM
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Pete is assuming conduit to explain the wire discrepancy. Womac, is that correct?
 
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The beige and white wires were combined when i removed the old fixture.
 
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