Wires to Nowhere?? Ceiling light fixture help needed!

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Old 03-10-13, 06:29 PM
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Wires to Nowhere?? Ceiling light fixture help needed!

Hello-

I am having trouble installing a new light fixture into an existing light box.

There was a working light there previously, just wanted to do some sprucing.

The light box has four wires coming down:

1 Green- ground
2 White- ??
1 Blue- ??

I need to install a fixture for a hanging light that has three wires
1 bare- ground
2 clear..... and connected together but can be pulled apart

The light is powered by a switch that has external wiring covered by a plastic cover and goes up and wall and over to the light box.

Can anyone help me figure out how to install this little bugger?

Thanks!

Liz
 
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Old 03-10-13, 06:34 PM
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Welcome to the forum !

Blue is an odd color to find in that box.
So is two white wires.

I'm guessing you aren't from the States ?

What color wires go down in that plastic tube to the switch ?
 
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I live in IL actually... but it's an older house with a lot of jacked up stuff. haha... I rent.

OK, so... I see

1 blue
1 pink haha
1 white
1 green

the other white is actually coming from above, which I never noticed before...
 
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Old 03-10-13, 07:10 PM
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Yes.....pink is very funny since they don't use pink. Light or faded red maybe.

What color wires are going to the switch ????
 
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Old 03-10-13, 07:18 PM
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If you rent then for reasons of liability you shouldn't be doing the work even with the owner's permission. If you live in Chicago then city ordinance may prohibit you from doing the work.

How was the existing light wired?
 
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Hello Everyone!

Thanks for your help! My Dad ended up calling me back and I got the info I needed to hook it up.

I took the white from the switch and white from the light box and combined them with one side of the fixture. Then I put the blue wire on the other side of the fixture. My Dad said it was weird too.

The light is working now!

Thanks for all of your help.

Thanks for the liability advice as well. I do not live in the city, and figured there was some risk to doing the lighting, but decided to take the risk anyway.

Thanks for your help and I'm sure I'll be coming back for more some day!
 
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Old 03-10-13, 09:15 PM
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Weird wasn't the word I was thinking of.

More like.....wrong.

Yes...the light goes on and off with the switch but the hot wire should be switched....not the neutral wiring.
 
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I took the white from the switch and white from the light box and combined them with one side of the fixture. Then I put the blue wire on the other side of the fixture.
Sounds good. You sis connect all of the grounds together, right?

I'm curious. What did you do with the red or "pink" wire?
 
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