Light fixture wiring issue


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Old 02-18-22, 11:01 AM
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Light fixture wiring issue

I am trying to rewire my West Elm light which has been flicking a lot and not really working lately. This is what my wiring looks like from the ceiling box with two sets of wires despite the only switch in the room having one set. When I connect the fixture to the hot and neutral from the same wire set I trip the breaker. When I connect with the hot and a neutral from the other wire set I get flickering. Any thoughts? Hot has been confirmed with a voltage tester (117) and the three other wires are not registering voltage.





 

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Old 02-18-22, 11:16 AM
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Even stranger the light is now staying on whether I turn the switch on or off
 
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Old 02-18-22, 11:23 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You have a switch loop there. Please tells us which wire is hot.
I labeled your picture.
 
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Old 02-18-22, 12:02 PM
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B1 is hot. Ive tried W1 thinking that was most natural and the light either always stayed regardless of switch, tripped the breaker, or didnt work. W2 I just tried and it just flickers and goes off.
 
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And by tried I mean connecting to the white wire of fixture.
 
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Old 02-18-22, 12:51 PM
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VERY important..... when working with older wiring don't bend it sharply where it comes out of the connector. You are going to have problems there with bare wire hitting the connector. If that happens.... you'll be in a bad place as it is very hard to replace missing insulation.

You opened the splice in the box that was not connected to the light and should not have been touched...... connect B1 and W2 back together and cap it.

B2 is black/switched to the fixture and W1 is white/neutral.


This is what you have there.......
 

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So I have B1 connected to W2 right now, do I need to connect B2 to W1 to complete the circuit? Its not working with just B1 to W2.
 
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I just did this, B1 to W2, B2 to W1 and the light is on regardless of switch position!
 
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Sorry.... my mistake.... a typo crept in...... B2 is black/switched to the fixture and W1 is white/neutral.
 
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So which ones should be connected to fixture? B2 and W1 even though B1 is hot?
 
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Old 02-19-22, 05:57 PM
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Yes.... the hot gets sent down to the switch and comes back on B2 switched.
 
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Hm so that didnt work either, ended up sparking. Might be time to call in an electrician.
 
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Old 02-21-22, 09:30 AM
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If you identified the hot wire correctly then it may be time to call an electrician.
It looks like the wiring is shorted at the connectors where it enters the box.
 
 

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