Ceiling box with 5 sets of wire (Image provided)

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Old 04-13-17, 10:20 AM
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Ceiling box with 5 sets of wire (Image provided)

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I'm looking to install a simple ceiling light I purchased at Ikea. When I opened the ceiling box, I noticed 5 sets of wires.

1 set of green wires
1 set of white wires
1 set of white and red wires
2 sets of brown wires

I'm guessing the green goes with my green wires and same with the white ones. I think I can ignore the white/red set but I'm not 100% sure. Finally, I don't really know which set of brown wires to connect to. I have provided a picture of my box. Can someone please help?

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Old 04-13-17, 10:36 AM
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It appears the light goes to the red and single white wire but we need to know the wiring at the switch to be reasonably sure.
 
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How would I find the wiring at the switch?
 
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Old 04-13-17, 12:49 PM
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How would I find the wiring at the switch?
By taking the cover plate off the switch and looking at it.
 

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Did you remove an existing fixture ?
How was it wired ??

If there was no original fixture.... try the red and the white.
Th single white wire should go to the white wire splice in the box.
 
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Unfortunately there was no existing light fixture. I'll try what you recommended. Also, please see picture of the switch

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As expected. Try Pete's instructions.
 
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Update on the below. I followed Pete's instructions and the light worked. However, it seems connecting the single white wire in the box to the white wire splice in the box is causing my bedroom plug breaker to trip.

Any suggestions on what to do with the single white wire in the box?

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The single white wire and the single red wire in the ceiling box should be connected to the light fixture. White wire of the box to the white wire of the light, red wire tot he black wire of the light.
 
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If there was no original fixture.... try the red and the white.
The single white wire should go to the white wire splice in the box.
I told you to use the red and white wires for the light.

I meant that the single white wire "looks" like it goes to the white splice..... not to connect it to the white splice.

Sorry..... my bad.
 
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