Wiring help, replacing ceiling fan with light fixture

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Old 08-11-19, 12:36 AM
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Wiring help, replacing ceiling fan with light fixture

We are trying to replace a ceiling fan with a light fixture. The junction box has 1 black, 1 white, 1 red and a bare copper ground. The red wire is always hot and black wire turns off with switch. There was a separate switch for the fan and the light portion had 2 switches. The new light fixture has 2 black, 2 white and a copper ground. It has 4 light bulb sockets.

The first time we wired it , we hooked up 1 black to black junction , 1 white to white junction, grounds together and capped off the red as well as the other 1 white and black on the fixture (per terrible unclear directions. 2 bulbs came on. Next we tried putting all 3 blacks, all 3 whites, grounds together, capped off red, and that tripped the breaker.

We we now have no light and will take a month to get an electrician out. Can anybody help?
 
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Old 08-11-19, 12:59 AM
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what type of light fixture are you putting up exactly sounds like you may of wired it correctly if you had 2 lights of the 4 working, would really look at the new fixture more closely see how its wired perhaps there is a problem with the new fixture.
 
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Next we tried putting all 3 blacks, all 3 whites, grounds together, capped off red, and that tripped the breaker.
Should have worked. I suspect you have a defective fixture.
 
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Old 08-11-19, 07:40 AM
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Hi, you could have pinched a wire when you reinstalled the fixture, double check the wiring, also see if it works with the fixture hanging away from the box.
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Geochurchi, what does it mean if we "pinched" a wire? How would that affect it? And by seeing if it works away from the box, do you mean to turn the power on after wiring but before attaching to ceiling?
 
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Old 08-17-19, 12:33 PM
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Yes. Restore power before remounting the light as a test.
You could also remove the two bulbs from the sockets of the lights that were not originally working to determine if there is a bulb to socket short.
 
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joed, do you mean a defective fixture because it tripped the breaker? Why didn't it trip the breaker with the first setup?
 
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It didn't trip the breaker the first time because only half of the fixture was energized. The problem could be in the second half that was energized on the second try.
 
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