Replacing light - switch doesn't turn off light


Old 07-26-08, 10:55 PM
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Replacing light - switch doesn't turn off light

I am trying to replace a ceiling light fixture. But I have a few problems. I forgot how a couple things were wired.

I have two separate wall light switches that connect to this light.
Two sets of wires come in from the ceiling. One has white, black and bare (ground?). The other has white, black, bare and RED.
When I turn my circuit breaker back on the light works, but I can not turn the light off.

1. Is the red supposed to be wired to something? Right now it is not hooked to anything.

2. When I connect the ground wires, I''m not sure I''m doing it correctly. I have the broze cable from the light fixture twisted around one of the two bare wires and then screwed to the green screw on the outlet box mount. Am I doing this correctly?

But my main problem is I can''t get my switches to work. Is that because my red is supposed to be hooked to something?

At the switches:
One switch 1 it looks like there is a red, black, white and bare.

On switch 2: It looks like red, white, black and ground.

At the light there are two sets of wires coming in.
In the Set A, there is: black, white and bare ( i don't see a red -am i missing it?)
In Set B there is : black, white, red and bare.
Old 07-27-08, 05:38 AM
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It would be helpful if you could tell about any connections remaining at the ceiling box.

What you may have is 2 independantly switched hot wires, one red, one black.

The switch does not work because you have connected to a constant hot wire.

Was there a white wire connected to a black wire in the ceiling box?

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