Installing a New Light Fixture

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Old 07-06-14, 09:50 PM
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Installing a New Light Fixture

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My junction box on the old fixture has a white, beige, ground, and two black wires. My new fixture only has a white, black, and ground wire. Should I connect the old white and beige (neutral) to the new white, and the two old black wires to the new black wire using wire nuts? Thanks.
 
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Old 07-06-14, 10:21 PM
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My junction box on the old fixture has a white, beige,
No, no such color as beige. You have two white wires. You will connect it the same way the previous light was connected. What color wires are connected to the switch?
 
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Thanks for your reply.

The old fixture had 4 screws (2 black wires to 2 screws & 1 white and 1 beige each to a screw). The new fixture doesn't use screws to connect to the wires, so I believe I'll have to use wirenuts.
 
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The old fixture had 4 screws (2 black wires to 2 screws & 1 white and 1 beige each to a screw)
Strange. Are you in the US? Again what is the wiring at the switch?
 
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Hi Ray,

I'm in Canada. The light switch only has 1 black and 1 white wire. I believe the old light fixture has another light wired to it, which is why I have 2 black, 2 white. To install the new fixture, should I combine the new white with the old whites (same for black wires) and use a wirenut? I noticed that my existing ground looks like a copper hanger. Once I install the new mounting bracket, do i simply attach new ground to old ground using a wirenut, or should I wrap them around the new greeen ground screw.

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The light switch only has 1 black and 1 white wire.
Then you have a switch loop.
I believe the old light fixture has another light wired to it
No the second cable is a switch loop. The white* of the switch loop cable goes to the black of the power in cable. The black of the switch loop goes to the black of the light. The white of the power in goes to the white of the light. You must identify which cable is hot by measuring between the black and white of each cable with a multimeter. (A non contact tester won't work.)

All grounds must be connected together and if the box if metal pigtailed to the box.

*White of switch loop must be remarked black or red or any color but green or gray on both ends using bands of colored tape or felt tip markers.

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