Problem with chandelier wiring

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Old 11-16-13, 12:28 PM
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Problem with chandelier wiring

Hi,
I have the following problem: I'm installing the new chandelier and I have a problem with wiring, for some reason, after I connect the wiring, the switch doesn't work (light is on all the time).
I have two pairs of wires in the box - each has white and black wire, plus ground. I've connected the ground and I've connected two wires from chandelier to one of the pairs (one to white wire and another one to black). If I connect to one pair it doesn't work at all, if I connect to another it lights up, but switch doesn't work.
What am I doing wrong?

I don't know how the old one was wired, when I disconnected the old chandelier I didn't paid attention, stupid me...

Any help would be appreciated,
 
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Old 11-16-13, 12:49 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It sounds like you have a switch loop. You have two cables in the ceiling box. One cable is the feed in and the other cable goes to the switch.

You will need to open all the wires again at the ceiling.
You will need to determine which cable is the power coming in.
Connect the black hot wire to the white going to the switch.
Connect the white neutral wire to white of your light.
Connect the black of the switch to the black of your light.


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Yeah.
Thanks, that helped, working now.
Thank you,
 
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Old 11-16-13, 03:22 PM
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PJ, it may be worth pointing out that this is generally the only time it is acceptable to bring power in on a neutral, and the black is required to be the leg.

Mod Note: It is white not a neutral.
 

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Old 11-16-13, 04:15 PM
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it may be worth pointing out that this is generally the only time it is acceptable to bring power in on a neutral,
It is a white wire but it is not a neutral and is supposed to be remarked as an ungrounded conductor on both ends. Remarked any color but gray or green, usually remarked black or red. It should be noted also that this applies only to cable. A white wire in conduit can not be used as an ungrounded conductor
 

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Old 11-16-13, 10:35 PM
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Thanks Mr.A

If the OP had removed the switch from the wall I would have mentioned the remarking of the white wire.
 
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