Help needed with light fixture wiring


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Old 04-14-14, 01:02 PM
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Help needed with light fixture wiring

First of all thank you fro reading/responding to this post.

I am trying to install a little hanging airplane light fixture from China. I removed the existing ceiling fan/light and am left with a box in the ceiling containing ground(exposed), black(hot), red(hot), and white(neutral) wires. The fixture I am putting up has three screw-in bulb sockets (standard bulbs). From each bulb socket there is one wire running to the top of the fixture. Each of these three wires is silver with a clear/translucent coating and none of the coatings are ribbed/rough indicating neutrality.

All I have tried so far is connecting one of the fixture wires to the black, one to the red, and one to the white flipped the breaker back on and nothing happened...

Please help!
 
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Old 04-14-14, 05:42 PM
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Is/was your black and red jointed to any other wires in the box?
Generally, black would bring power down to the switch and red would bring it back up to the fixture.
Once that part is figured out, each "wire" from each socket should actually be a small cable with two wires in it. You will need to take one wire from each socket and joint them to your switch leg, and one wire from each socket and joint them to your neutral.
 
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Old 04-14-14, 06:57 PM
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If it was a ceiling fan/light chances are the the red may have been for the fan and the black for the light,how many switches are there? To find which fixture wires are the neutral use an ohm meter from one wire to the screw shell (threaded part) of the lamp socket an infinite reading will be your neutral wire to be connected to the white wire in the "J" box do this for all 3 sockets.
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Old 04-14-14, 07:02 PM
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Each socket should have a pair of conductors connected to it
 
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Old 04-14-14, 08:18 PM
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Bah, didn't notice the fan part.
 
 

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