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i need to hook up an old light in my apartment living because my wife and i got a new place we had a friend take old light out and put a cieling fan in well i cant get ahold of that friend money is tight so i decided to do it my self well ive never seen wiring this way. i took photos and detailed them please pm me for the photo album link. heres the link hope i dont get banned for posting it.


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Old 01-17-12, 07:21 AM
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What wires at the ceiling was the fan hooked to? Did both those switches control the fan? One for the Fan's light and one for the fan itself?

In general if only two connections to the fan the same goes to the light. Nothing else is touched. On the light the ribbed wire goes to the same house wire as the fan black was connected to.
 
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Old 01-17-12, 07:24 AM
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the 2 whites hanging down. and the dimmer switch didnt work for fan so i dont think is wasput in right but i know when we moved in here the dimmer worked for the light
 
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Old 01-17-12, 07:28 AM
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Dimmers should never be used on a fan. Speed controls, yes, but dimmers, no. They work in different ways. Replace the dimmer with a standard light switch using the same two house wires that are on the dimmer.

Best practice you need to determine which of the white wires is hot and which is neutral. Do you have a multimeter or test light.
 
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the white wire with the black tape is hot. the dimmer worked to just turn on and off light but now i need it to dim again i just dont know which wires from cieling get hooked to light
 
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Old 01-17-12, 09:30 AM
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i just dont know which wires from cieling get hooked to light
The same wires that hooked to the fan. If it was the two whites then that is what you use or am I misunderstanding? Are you saying the light doesn't work when connected to the two wires. If it works but doesn't dim you need to replace the dimmer.
 
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Old 01-17-12, 10:08 AM
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I think you might have an improperly wired switch loop. I suspect the white with the black is the hot and the other white is the neutral.

The dimmer might be fried. You can replace it with a regular toggel to test if the new light works.

Is there another switch to operate the same light?
 
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the light came on when i went to dim the light with the dimmer i blew circuit
 
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so now i have the light hooked up using the 2 white wires and both switches turn light on and off. now i just need to make the dimmer work. and im sure it has something to do with the red wires? but thats why im here cuz i cant figure it out
 
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Old 01-17-12, 11:04 AM
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The dimmer may be bad.

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how do i check to see if its bad
 
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Old 01-17-12, 11:18 AM
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In my experience dimmers either work or they don't.
 
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Old 01-17-12, 01:13 PM
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You replace it.

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