05:49AM | 07/15/02
Member Since: 07/14/02
1 lifetime posts
Ok here is my tale... I wanted to replace a simple light fixture in the foyer. Simple enough, I went to Home Depot and purchased a Halogen light fixture. Removed the old light fixture and coming from the ceiling were black, white, copper and red wires. Coming out of the NEW fixture were black, white and copper wires. I attached the black to black, white to white, copper to copper and just capped the red one. When I put the halogen bulbs in the newly installed fixture, the bulbs lite up immediately but the light switch was in the OFF position and flipping the switch did not turn them off. So I am assuming the light switch is connected to the red wire which is currently just capped. If this is the case, do I attach the red wire to one of the other existig wires (black, white or copper)? Look forward to your response.


03:40AM | 07/16/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Assuming you can't remember how the original fixture was wired...

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.


04:51PM | 07/16/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Did you happen to look at the switch wiring to see which wires were in there?
Do you have a multi-meter (voltage tester)? Which wire or wires are hot with the switch on? With it off?

It could be you have two switches.
It could be the red is the switched wire.

Let us know about the switch wiring.

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