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BV002735

04:08PM | 12/07/13
I had to replace my kitchen light. It was simple, connect the ground wire with the ground wire on the fixture and cap off. Connect the white wire with the white wire on the fixture and cap off. Connect the black wire with the black wire on the fixture and cap off. These were the only wires in the ceiling and attached to the fixture. When I turned the power back on the light came on but I had the light switch in the off position. The light switch doesn't turn the light off and on. The light stays on all the time so I disconnected the ballast.
Could it be the light switch that needs to be replaced?

Duane, Moderator

09:32PM | 12/07/13
Member Since: 11/14/13
90 lifetime posts
You are limited to possible problems, it sounds like you wired the light correctly based on your description.
I would replace the switch next. The Black wire is the power, white is neutral and bare or green is ground.

Good luck

BV002735

02:09PM | 12/08/13
Thank you for responding. I actually replaced the switch this morning. The light still staying on and the dimmer switch for the dining room always worked but now I have to move the dimmer switch down to turn on instead of up after replacing the light switch for the kitchen?

BV002735

03:50PM | 12/08/13
Also forgot to mention, the light continues to stay on, changing the switch did not fix this problem.

BV002752

02:18PM | 12/09/13
Sorry forgot to mention that, but the old light was also flourescent. So does the dimmer need to be replaced as well? But the dimmer is for a separate light in the dining room.

BV002758

12:05PM | 12/10/13
I guess I need to switch wires because there were only a black, white and copper wire coming from the ceiling and a black, white and copper wire on the fixture which the instructions said to just match up with each of same wire in the ceiling. Will try what I was going to try which is the last resort and that is connect the fixture black wire with white wire in ceiling and connect the fixture white wire with black in ceiling.

Thank You.

BV003067

09:38PM | 01/19/14
Did that work?

BV003288

10:22PM | 02/18/14
I wired 2 3ways switches and than 3 flouresent lights coming directly from the breaker panel. I have voltage at the lights but they will not turn on.

BV004074

05:38PM | 04/27/14
did it work - I have same problem checked everything - want to try and connect white to blacka nd black to white but waiting to hear if it worked for you

BV004593

04:36AM | 06/07/14
Did you manage to fix it?

BV004686

10:54AM | 06/16/14
I turned my light switch off and there was still a red light coming from the circuit


BV004960

07:09PM | 07/12/14
replaced 1 of 2 light fixtures in bedroom ceiling. White to White Black to black and gound. switch turned off. put light in and it came on the other light did not - it is working by the switch. Help!!

BV000193

09:51AM | 07/13/14
Bulb is too loose.

BV006006

05:02PM | 10/13/14
Light fixture just 2 wires, The box had 2 white, 2 black and 1 red and a ground. Put the red and blacks together and the whites together now although the lights will light when the bulbs screwed in but the switch won't turn them off.

BV006128

02:06PM | 10/26/14
Having the same problem. Switch worked with old light. With breaker on, whites together and blacks together and grounded switch doesnt turn on or off. Light just stays on.

BV000193

06:19AM | 10/27/14
When you took it apart and put it back together you got the wiring goofed up. It's as simple as that. Nothing mysterious about it

BV006904

09:59PM | 02/03/15
Mine is doing the same thing I've tried wiring it every way possible but it still will not shut off at the switch

BV006990

04:33PM | 02/15/15
We're having the same problem... Any info?

BV007451

10:39AM | 04/04/15
Try removing the switchbox altogether, and leaving the wires disconnected but safely separated. Then turn the power on. If the lightbulb comes on with the wires completely separated, then that is not the correct line to the fixture, and is why the light is always staying on no matter what you do. If it is the correct line, then you must be wiring incorrectly to the switch. Sometimes dual switches have little metal tabs that link the parallel poles on one side, and you have to break them off to isolate a pole. Perhaps this is the case? maybe send a picture of the backside of the switch so we can take a look.

BV006507

01:16PM | 04/04/15
They shouldn't even be monkeying around with it.It's Asinine.

BV008441

04:00AM | 07/24/15
Had the same problem. Switches we're fried.

BV009094

04:56AM | 10/01/15
I wired two lounge lights and a kitchen light together in the ceiling it have black wire red wire and copper for ground so i connected the same cable that are use in the ceiling to the switch but it does not turn off or on it stays on so i need to switch it of or on by the main bord please any solutions and i changed the switches twice please help what can be the probleme

BV009463

06:55PM | 11/09/15
I had the same problem, this is what you do, take all the black wires in the box and put them together, take the red wire only and put it to the black wire on your fixture, and put the white wire to your white and green to ground, all the black wires in the box stay in the box it make the light stay on because stay hot, I hope that this will fix your problem. Jean

BV009606

07:19PM | 11/25/15
I put new wire in panel then new junction box in. Ran wire to ceiling light then ran wire to switch on wall. The minute I turn on breaker the light comes on no matter what the light switch does. Need help

BV010276

07:42PM | 01/26/16
OK.
Light switch uninstalled
Wires from switch are separated and covered.
Turn breaker back on and light still comes on.

Obviously wiring was messed up somewhere, but how do you figure out which wires are the ones for the switch?

BV011432

10:18AM | 04/28/16
I actually have not hundreds of dollars to fix a light switch I am not an electrician but at the same time and intelligent and confident and confident maybe it is a fuse box thing or possibly something as simple as just replacing a switch or maybe we connected some wires please help me tell me what you think

BV012901

12:13AM | 09/18/16
I had the same problem. I solved the problem by following one of the answers posted here before: "Try removing the switchbox altogether, and leaving the wires disconnected but safely separated. Then turn the power on. If the lightbulb comes on with the wires completely separated, then that is not the correct line to the fixture, and is why the light is always staying on no matter what you do. If it is the correct line, then you must be wiring incorrectly to the switch. Sometimes dual switches have little metal tabs that link the parallel poles on one side, and you have to break them off to isolate a pole. Perhaps this is the case? maybe send a picture of the backside of the switch so we can take a look. "

I disconnected the switchbox wires and the light was still on when the connection was black-to-black. I rewired all the lines and connected the black line of the fixture to the red one from the celling box. I was able to turn the light off.

BV013530

04:12PM | 01/07/17
Hi I have a box with a dimmer switch in it and an electrical outlet in it. I replaced the dimmer switch with your standard on/off switch and now the light wont turn off. The box has two sets of blk,wht,grounds in it. I tested both w/mulit meter both are live. I tried just the switch, i spliced whites together and put 1 blk wire on top and 1 on the bottom of the switch, swaped blks around it still stays on. I tried just the outlet with all the wire still stays on. It wasnt until i unspliced the white wires the power finally went off to the light. Light turned off at breaker. I tried a different light switch it just stayed on. Im guessing they used a dimmer switch so you can actually turn the light off. I had just a dimmer switch I swaped out for a standard switch that on works fine.

BV013530

04:13PM | 01/07/17
Hi I have a box with a dimmer switch in it and an electrical outlet in it. I replaced the dimmer switch with your standard on/off switch and now the light wont turn off. The box has two sets of blk,wht,grounds in it. I tested both w/mulit meter both are live. I tried just the switch, i spliced whites together and put 1 blk wire on top and 1 on the bottom of the switch, swaped blks around it still stays on. I tried just the outlet with all the wire still stays on. It wasnt until i unspliced the white wires the power finally went off to the light. Light turned off at breaker. I tried a different light switch it just stayed on. Im guessing they used a dimmer switch so you can actually turn the light off. I had just a dimmer switch I swaped out for a standard switch that on works fine.

BV013530

04:14PM | 01/07/17
Hi I have a box with a dimmer switch in it and an electrical outlet in it. I replaced the dimmer switch with your standard on/off switch and now the light wont turn off. The box has two sets of blk,wht,grounds in it. I tested both w/mulit meter both are live. I tried just the switch, i spliced whites together and put 1 blk wire on top and 1 on the bottom of the switch, swaped blks around it still stays on. I tried just the outlet with all the wire still stays on. It wasnt until i unspliced the white wires the power finally went off to the light. Light turned off at breaker. I tried a different light switch it just stayed on. Im guessing they used a dimmer switch so you can actually turn the light off. I had just a dimmer switch I swaped out for a standard switch that on works fine.

BV014137

03:17PM | 06/22/17
Help

BV014320

03:08PM | 07/21/17
?

BV014698

08:41PM | 09/14/17
I had a series of florescent lights in my garage come on for no reason the other day. I tested the switch with a meter and it was OK, it was correctly switching the hot line to three lights. after an afternoon of testing continuity of each leg of the circuit I discovered continuity between hot and neutral on one light, BAD BALLAST. it all worked correctly when I removed one of the lights. Still doesn't make sense to me how the lights got power with hot switched off

BV015053

02:43AM | 11/04/17
I am having the same issue in my living room I have one light fixture at the middle of the ceiling and it will not turn off even though I have pulled switches out and cut all the and they're not co In anyway. there is a total of 8 wires four Their are free live black wires. where should I Look next. I also have a hallway with two fixtures but no light switch. Could it have been covered up?

BV015494

04:24PM | 01/15/18
If I’m wiring a switch and the power cable is coming from a light. If I pull a cable from the light to the switch and then wire new lights of the switch will all the lights be running on the one switch or will only the new lights work on the switch ?

BV016686

06:09PM | 06/23/18
BV002735

Bobee

04:39PM | 06/24/18
Member Since: 06/23/18
10 lifetime posts
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maybe I'll be wrong, sorry, but with electricity you need to be careful. I advise you to contact a specialist.

Bobee

04:51PM | 06/24/18
Member Since: 06/23/18
10 lifetime posts
101689 1
maybe I'll be wrong, sorry, but with electricity you need to be careful. I advise you to contact a specialist.

BV016984

08:39AM | 07/27/18
I just wanted to share my success story. I was in a rush and I should have photographed the connections before I took out the old fixture. I too wired a new ceiling light fixture and it remained ON even when the light switch was OFF. I HAD wired black to black, white to white, and the red wire which was copper I wired to the copper ground wire (thinking copper to copper). WRONG WAY!
After reading this thread I took the two black wires from my light fixture and wired them to the red (copper) line. The copper line from the lamp went to the green grounding screw. I kept all four white wires together. There remained two black wires at the box which I kept wired together. Thanks for your help.

BV017377

01:17AM | 09/11/18
I have a similar problem. I replaced a old cealing fan with a flat fixture light and connected white to white and black to black and it did light up perfect. But when I hit the switch to shut them off the remaind On. I was then told to replace the switch and still I had the same problem. I left the light connected the way it was and tuned the power off and disconnected and remove the switch separating the wires. Tuned back On the power and it still lit up without the switch even being connected. Help!!!!!!

BV017902

07:43AM | 11/08/18
Interesting. I just changed out a fluorescent fixture for a LED. Simple wiring, black to black and white to white wiyh a ground to ground. Flipped the breaker on and the light came on with the light switch in the off position.. the switch worked with the fluorescent but not with the LED. Going crazy. Can’t figure it out.

BV018230

07:14PM | 12/18/18
Im having the same issue.. i hooked 2 fixtures together and they worked . The switch turned them both on and off. I hooked a 3rd fixture up and now 2 of the 3 fixtures stay on while the switch it off... tried everything..


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