How to wire ceiling fixture?

Reply

  #1  
Old 07-01-04, 06:25 AM
Beethoven
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
How to wire ceiling fixture?

OK. Finally got around to taking down that atrocious chandelier and am trying to put up a new fixture....Here is the wiring question....

From the ceiling I have 3 white wires (capped together), 3 black wires (capped together) and 1 red wire. The old fixture had both of its wires connected to the red wire. It worked, but that does not seem right.

The whole system is on a dimmer switch...not sure if that has something to do with it. No fan involved here. No ground wire either, so I assume I just hook up to the screw on the plate...

Anyway, how do I proceed?

Thanks,
Rich
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-01-04, 06:35 AM
J
Member
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: United States
Posts: 18,497
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Do you have a problem other than "that doesn't seem right"?

It is right. Connect the black wire(s) from your new fixture to the red wire in the ceiling. Connect the white wire(s) from you new fixture to the white wires in the ceiling. Connect nothing to the black wires in the ceiling, but leave them connected to each other.

Connect the grounding wire on the new fixture to the green screw on the mounting plate (it sounds like you said that there was such a screw).
 
  #3  
Old 07-01-04, 06:47 AM
M
mgb
mgb is offline
Member
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 136
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Are you sure about both fixture wires being connected to the red wire? It won't work that way. With the switch on, take a volt meter and check from the red to the whites, you should read somewhere around 120 volts. Then shut the switch off and check it again with the volt meter, you should read 0 volts. If these are the readings you got then you will need to connect the black wire from the fixture to the red wire. The white wire from the fixture needs to be connected to the 3 white wires. It sounds like old wiring if there isn't a ground wire or was conduit used?
 
  #4  
Old 07-01-04, 09:18 AM
J
Member
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: United States
Posts: 18,497
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
The old fixture had both of its wires connected to the red wire.
The literal interpretation of this sentence is so unrealistic that I ignored it, figuring I must have read it wrong. I was hoping he meant both of its black wires.
 
  #5  
Old 07-01-04, 10:05 AM
Beethoven
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Smile it worked!

Thanks guys....This web site was a real savior. I could've sworn that both wries from the original fixture were connected only to the single red wire from the ceiling....I must have been mistaken.

I did as you suggested, black to red and white to white, and ground to screw. All works well now!

This website is awesome!!!
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: