changing ceiling fan with lights to just a light fixture

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Old 12-29-11, 08:01 AM
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changing ceiling fan with lights to just a light fixture

I have been replacing light fixtures in my home with more modern ones and I have been doing great until I got to the ceiling fan. It has two sets of black and white wires. No matter what configuration I try I cannot get to so that the light turns off. It will only stay on. I also replaced the dimmer switch with a regular on/off switch. I am including a photo...

 
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Old 12-29-11, 11:33 AM
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I assume you have two switches on the wall. One was for the fan and the other with a dimmer was for the light. Can you post a picture of the switches wiring or describe how they are wired?

One way it can be wired is one cable with power from the house goes to the switches. All the bare copper grounds and all the white neutral wires are tied together and go on up to the ceiling fan. The black hot supplying power from the house goes to a switch (fan) and has a jumper wire to carry power to the other switch (light) so both switches always have AC available on one screw. Then black, switched conductors run from the other screw on the switches up to the ceiling fan. So, the ceiling fan wires always have their ground and neutral wires connected and the hot lines are switched on/off.
 
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Old 12-29-11, 12:49 PM
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I have removed the dimmer switch and replaced it with an on/off switch.

Dimmer Switch:


on/off switch in wall:
 
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Do you have a volt meter or electric test light? One of the cables in the ceiling should have the power from the house and the other should go to the switch and not have power.

All of this is done at the box in the ceiling: Find the cable with power. Connect the bare copper ground wire to the light and ground wire going to the switch. Connect the white neutral wire to the white conductor of your light. Connect the black hot wire from the house that has power to the white wire (wrap some black electrical tape around it to mark that it carries current at both ends )that leads to the switch. Connect the black conductor from the switch cable to the black conductor of the light.

This is done at the switch box in the wall: Connect the ground wire to the switch and then connect the black and white wires to the switch. Wrap the white wire with black electrical tape to show that it carries current.

So, you are connecting the ground and neutral wires (white) from the house's cable to the light. The black power conductor is being sent down to the switch and back up to the light.
 

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Hi, thanks for you input. After counting the cost to buying equipment to test the lines, I figured it would be easier to pay an electrician, which I did. I tried to read your reply and the others but unfortunately I would have to be an electrician to make sense of it - which I am not.
 
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