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06:43PM | 09/19/03
Member Since: 09/18/03
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I saw on the message board that someone posted a similar question to the one I have a few years ago but I didn't quite understand the answer so I was wondering if someone could help me. I have installed a cable lighting system into a junction box that was previously wired for a ceiling fan. From the junction box, there is a red wire, a black wire, a white wire, and a ground. I have replaced the wall switch, which was a single pole switch, with a dimmer. There was a black wire and a red wire going into the single pole switch (there are two other switches on this plate but both had only black wires going into them). I wired the transformer with black to black, white to white, and ground to ground, and left the red wire capped. When I switched the breaker back on, the lights came on, but I could not turn them off or dim them from the switch. What have I done wrong? Thank you for any help you can give me.


08:47PM | 10/12/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
62 lifetime posts
This question is more applicable to the electrical board, but I stopped by here so I will answer for you. The red was probably the switch leg, and the black was hooked up hot all the time so the fan would only be controled by the pull chain. Thry hooking up the light to the red wire. It actually might be easier to change the wire in the switch. Find the black (that runs with the red wire) and connect it to the switch or dimmer where ther red is connected now. Cap off the red wire. Should work now - Mr. Electric


03:41PM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 03/19/07
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I have the same problem. I put a new light fixture and it wont work with my switch. It comes on only when I flip the breaker switch on. Can I ask how was your problem solved?

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