red black white to black white copper


Old 07-01-01, 01:52 PM
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The brother in law just called with this question.
He is replacing a light in his ceiling. It is switched and the wires coming out of the ceiling are black white and red the wires coming out of the new fixture are black white and copper.

How should these be connected? Thanks for your help in advance -ddt
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Old 07-01-01, 05:23 PM
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He should connect the wires that were connected to the old fixture to the corresponding wires on the new one.

It will be either white to white, black to black, & ground to ground; or it will be white to white, fixture black to red, & ground to ground.

It sounds like the circuit may be pre-wired for ceiling fans or multiple fixtures. The easy way to tell (if he forgot to note which was where when he pulled the old fixture) is to pull out the switch that controlled the old fixture. If one of the wires on the switch is a red one, then the red is the switch leg, and the black is either constant hot, or capped off behind the switch awaiting future utilization.


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