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BV004361

09:44AM | 05/18/14
Bvelectrical
I went to install a ceiling light at my mothers and upon removal of the old light fixture I found that my nephew hooked the white wire from the light to the ground wire in the ceiling, the black to black and the ground from light wasn't hooked up as well as the white from ceiling wasn't hooked up! NOW when I hooked up white to white, black to black and ground green to ground bare copper the new fixtures won't work, yes I tried 2 new fixtures. Can you please tell me how he was able to wire it wrong and yet the light still worked, why it isn't working when connected right and what is the safest way to wire the fixture? I assume the way it was hooked up was a hazard. Could it be the white wire disconnected at the switch? Or does it sound more like the wiring from switch to ceiling needs replaced? Those are the only 2 ideas I've been able to think of! PLEASE HELP!

LarryG

12:29PM | 05/18/14
Member Since: 07/22/04
531 lifetime posts
Unless you forgot to turn the power back on it sounds like you have an open neutral at the light box. You need to trace the neutral wire back. The neutral(white)should not be switched at all. The hot is switched. Check it out. Start at the switch box.

BV004361

12:55PM | 05/18/14
Thank you for the advise! I will travel to town tomorrow and check it out.

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