08:32PM | 06/22/04
Member Since: 06/22/04
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I have a ceiling light/fan fixture that also has a dimmer and Im trying to replace it just a ceiling light fixture.

My problem is the old fan/light fixture uses 3 wires (black,white,red) and the new unit uses 2 (black,white). Now I figured I could just cap the red wire and use the back and white ones, but i was wrong. When I turn the power back on the new unit stays permenantly on. I have no control with the light switch/dimmer.

Is this something I can fix or should I call a proffesional?

I really apprecaite any feedback. Thanks!

doug seibert

09:39AM | 06/23/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
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Disconnect the Black Ceiling wire and use the RED wire for your light.......

In the original hook-up the fan was hooked to the "all-ways ON" BLACK......

The Switched Light is the RED.......Wirenut/cap the unused Black wire..........


10:54AM | 06/23/04
Member Since: 06/22/04
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Thanks SOOOOO much for the reply. I really do appreciate it!!!!

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05:43PM | 02/05/15
Member Since: 02/05/15
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hi I've switched my foyer ceiling light fixture out that had a simple 1 black and 1 white with a copper ground to a ceiling electric box with 2 black 2 white 1 red and a copper for ground.
I forgot to mention that this is a 2 way switch I'm hoping my terminology hasn't reached a faux pas , there's a light switch at the entrance of the foyer and at the top of the stairs landing. Both control the one light. For example the bottom switch may turn on and top turn off and vise versa. I for got how I connected 2 years ago. Can you please help me. It's getting dark I may have too do this by flashlight if it gets any later. I'm much obliged thank you.
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