Installing a New light fixture
Are there 2 switches for this fixture? If so, you may have to operate the 2nd switch to make the black shut off.
If there's only one switch then chances are you are right about the red wire being the "switched" wire. As you say, the black wire seems to be hot all the time. Don't connect the red to it unless that's the way it was originally wired.
Is there any other device or outlet in the area that does not work when the black wire is disconnected? I'd be surprised if it just stops there, but if all's well without it, then you could just cap it (after verifying that the red wire is the switched one for the fixture).
You are right to connect white to white, and bare to bare.
- 10 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon
- 11 Tiny Bathrooms We Love
- 12 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
- Kitchen Envy: 10 Rooms We Love
- 25 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage
- 10 Surprising Ways to Cure Household Odors
- 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget
- 10 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space
- 10 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door
- Dressing Up the Dresser: 11 Clever DIY Transformations
- 12 Hobbit Houses to Make You Consider Moving Underground
- 10 Ways to Use Mirrors to Your Design Advantage
- 10 New Uses for Old Doors
- How To: Paint EVERYTHING
- Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
- Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
- 12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops
- 10 "Neat" Garage Storage Solutions
- 10 Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
- How To: Clean EVERYTHING