Two sets of black/white wires

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Old 09-10-06, 08:09 AM
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Two sets of black/white wires

My existing ceiling light fixture has two sets of black and white wires. Two sets of wires are coming from the ceiling connected to this one light.
The new fixture I bought has only one set of wires.

What is the proper and safest way to handle this type of installation?

Do I connect both sets of wires to the one coming from the new fixture?
Do I just wrap the extra set of wires with electrical tap, and plastic wire connectors, and let them just sit in the electrical box unconnected?

I don't want my new fixture to be blown out by two sets of wires connected to it, and I'm leary of leaving "live" wires, although taped & covered, exposed or unconnected.

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Old 09-10-06, 08:22 AM
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Is there a light switch? Is there another light in the room?

How do you turn the light on and off?

How were the wires previously connected to the light fixture, meaning what colors went where?

I would say to hook up the wires the way they were hooked up before, but I would like to understand the setup before I give some advice that may not be correct.
 
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Old 09-10-06, 01:09 PM
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Existing light

Thanks for replying.

The existing fixture is just your basic ceiling mount dome light.
There are two switches where this light can be turned on, but they are on oppostie sides of the room, but I don't think that might matter.

The current fixture is a dome glass, and when you remove the glass there are two light bulbs, each with it's own black and white wire connected, and ground for each I assume.

So when I disconnect, I'll two black wires hanging and two white wires hanging.

The new fixture I bought doesn't require two sets of wires, just one.
I've hung several lights in my time, and it was a simple install, white to white, black to black, ground and done.

I'm just stumped on what to do with the extra set of wires that won't be connected to anything.
 
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If you take the existing light down, including the canope, those two black wires and two white wires, are probably just wirenutted together up in the junction box above the light.

These are pig tails, and I have no idea why someone would have two of them going to one fixture, unless the wires in the box were just not long enough to reach where needed.

If I am right, you can either cap off the ends of the not needed wires and tuck them up in the box, or completely remove the pig tail.
 
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