Installing new lighting fixture

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Old 03-27-05, 04:05 PM
rurouni
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Installing new lighting fixture

I just bought a new ceiling light fixture and I'm having some problems with the wiring. I'm quite the novice at this and I'm in need of some help

The light fixture has one black wire and one white wire.

The outlet box has the following....

Twisted Cream wires with a cap
Twisted Brown/Maroon wires with a cap
Twisted Green wires with a cap
a single orange wire, capped but not stripped.

I connected the white wire with the CREAM and the black wire to the Brown/MAROON. When I turned on the power, the light turned on but when I tried the switch, the light would not turn off.

Upon looking at the wiring in the switch, I noticed that the wires were orange (top) and brown/maroon (bottom).

I'm living in a brand new condo and I was hoping that it would be a simple job. If anyone can help me, with the proper wiring, as to which colours should go together, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 03-27-05, 06:04 PM
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Remove the fixture black for the black/maroons wires and connect it to the orange wire.
 
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Old 03-27-05, 06:18 PM
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Confirming

So I should leave the white wire from the light fixture with the Cream twisted and then attach the black wire from the light fixture with the single orange wire in the outlet box...
 
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Old 03-27-05, 06:43 PM
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Yes.

Is that an outlet box or a light fixture box ?
 
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Old 03-27-05, 06:49 PM
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Outlet Box

That would be an outlet box...it's in the ceiling, not part of the light

Btw, which one would be the "hot" and which is "neutral"?
 
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Old 03-27-05, 07:03 PM
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That would be an outlet box...it's in the ceiling, not part of the light

Btw, which one would be the "hot" and which is "neutral"?
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Can be a play on words.
Outlet box would have a receptacle for a plug/outlet.
A light box is hex shaped or round.

The white/cream would be the neutral
The orange should be the switched hot
the brown would be the hot feeding to the switch.
 

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Old 03-27-05, 07:04 PM
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In North America:
  • Neutral is always white or light gray (one of which is what you call "cream").
  • Ground is always bare or green.
  • Hot is any other color, including white wires that are reidentified some other color. Beware that the code requiring hot white wires to be reidentified is often overlooked.
Note that there are many different purposes for "hot" wires. They might be:
  • Always hot wires (which is what your brown/maroon wires are).
  • Switched hot wires (which is what your orange wire is).
  • Traveler hot wires, which are just a particular type of switched hot wires.
 
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Old 03-27-05, 07:25 PM
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Thank you very much!

Thanks for everyone's help.
 
 

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