04:18AM | 11/14/00
Member Since: 11/13/00
3 lifetime posts
We just got a new house(to us, built in 1930's), the house has been re-wired 6 years ago to 110amp service. My questions is as follows:
Putting in a new light fixture in ceiling, there are a total of 7 wires:
4 are same color, a braided weave(dark brown).
They are wired as follows:
1: Black wire capped
1: Copper wire
1: White wire capped with two other brown braided wires:
1: Brown wire capped
1: brown wire capped

I got a light fixture to work and distinguish which of the two brown capped wires is a live wire and which is nuetral.

My question is what are the other wires for?
There is only one switch box(1 dimmer and 1 on/off) I got the dimmer to work. I am going to use only the two brown braided wires and the copper, for a ground.
Any help would be appreciated.


05:29AM | 11/14/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
As to what the other wires are for: the bare copper wire is a ground and should be attached to a ground connector on your new light fixture. The remaining extra wires likely have nothing to do with that ceiling fixture, but are just there because it was practical to run them to/through that place as a junction when wiring the house. If you leave them "capped" they should live happily ever after and cause no trouble.


06:52AM | 11/14/00
Member Since: 11/13/00
3 lifetime posts
thank you rpxlpx!
I just read something on the insulation of the light fixture in regards to needing 90 degree Celsius rated wiring and that most dwellings before 1985 used wire rated for 60 degree celsius.
I guess am I going to have to call an electrician, oh well...

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