New home - light fixture wires not connected


Old 06-12-13, 02:51 AM
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Question New home - light fixture wires not connected


This is our first home and I am unframiliar with how to connect electrical; however, I am ready to learn. I have the same light fixtures in each of the 3 bedrooms, but one room isn't connected. The wires are in the light fixture when I unscrew it from the ceiling, but there isn't anything coming out of the ceiling to connect the wires together.

I have taken pictures of the unconnected fixture room and a room that has the wires connected and the light working. What would be the best way to go about doing this. I'm guessing I will need to go into the attic to find if there are wires, but I would like to get a run through on what I will need to be doing and looking for. Thank you and I look forward to reading some responces!

Unconnected fixture ceiling

Unconnected light fixture with wires

Connected light fixture

Connected light fixture

Connected light fixture
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Old 06-12-13, 04:09 AM
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Welcome to the forums. Yes, find the wires in the attic, but remove the power to this circuit first. The fixture can't be affixed directly to the ceiling as it is done here. There must be a junction box in the ceiling for the wires to enter, and the spanner bar to attach to. A 4" round or octagonal box will fit the bill. A corresponding hole (4") needs to be cut through the ceiling sheetrock and the box installed by either nailing to an adjacent joist, or a spanner type box installed that will brace itself off between the two joists.
This isn't a "new" house, just new to you, correct??
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By the looks of the old yellowing on the ceilings I'd guess it's a new to you, not new.
Some clueless DIY had to have installed a light like that.
It would not surprize me if there was no box installed above that ceiling which would be totaly the wrong way to do it.
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Based on the above replies this topic is well covered.

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