Ikea Alang Light Not Controlled By Switch

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Ikea Alang Light Not Controlled By Switch

Im trying to install an Ikea Alang light to a switch. The electrical box is brand new and has black, white, red and copper wires. The Ikea fixtures has two white wires (one ridged (neutral?) and one smooth (hot?)). The light switch has two switches. One that controls a plug on the wall, and one that is supposed to control the overhead electrical box. I tried wiring the white fixture to the ridged Ikea wire and the black to the smooth Ikea wire and the green/yellow to the copper and the red wire capped. This resulted in the light working, but not being controlled by the switch. I then switched the Ikea smooth to the red electric box wire and the light didn't turn on (the switch also did nothing). The light switch appears to be wired to the red wire. What am I doing wrong? Does this light fixture work with this electrical box/switch? I've attached pictures for reference.
 
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Old 03-21-18, 01:32 AM
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Does the switch controlled receptacle work? Give us pictures of the switches pulled out so we can see all the wires. At the switch I would expect a 2-conductor cable whose black is connected to both switches. Is that correct?
 

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The switch controlled receptacle works for a light plugged into the wall (the left switch). I've attached pictures of the switches pulled out. Thanks!
 
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Using a multimeter measure the voltage from the black wire on the right switch to ground.

At the light with the switch on measure the voltage from red to ground.
 
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I don't have a multimeter, is this something I should purchase, or at this point is it time to call in a professional?
 
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You can get an analog multimeter for around $15. Analog is better than digital for AC work. Do not waste your money on a non contact tester.

Examples: https://www.amazon.com/Tekpower-TP18.../dp/B00064CH6A

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Old 03-21-18, 11:57 AM
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Excellent pictures. I can see all the connections. The wiring looks very clean and straightforward.

It sure looks like the wiring is correct. That would leave a defective switch. You could try just temporarily joining the red and black wires from the right switch...... bypassing the switch. If that didn't work then you'd need to follow Ray's advice and check for power.
 
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Did you try and connect the fixture to the Red wire in the ceiling box?
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Old 03-23-18, 01:16 AM
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Geo asked|
Did you try and connect the fixture to the Red wire in the ceiling box?
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I tried wiring the white fixture to the ridged Ikea wire and the black to the smooth Ikea wire and the green/yellow to the copper and the red wire capped. This resulted in the light working, but not being controlled by the switch. I then switched the Ikea smooth to the red electric box wire and the light didn't turn on (the switch also did nothing)
 
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