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10:09AM | 02/19/06
Member Since: 02/18/06
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I am attempting to replace a ceiling fan and light combination with just a regular ceiling light. The fan/light runs with 2 switches, one for the light, one for the fan. The box in the ceiling contains one red wire, one black wire by itself, two white wires nutted together, and two black wires and one white wire nutted together.

One switch is connected to a red wire and a white wire. The other switch is connected to one black wire and one white wire. Which combo of wires do I hook up ?


11:13AM | 02/19/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
That will give you an exact answer.

From you description it APPEARS that you have a cable coming in that supplies power, a cable that continues the power to the next box and a switch leg.

But I can only go on what I THINK that you are describing.

In that case the 2 cables with two wires are the supply cable and the one that continues power to the next box, it does not matter which is which.

Connected to the two hots (black) is the white wire which supplies power to the switches (the switch leg). That white should be makred at each end as a hot (tape or paint of any color other than white, green, or gray). But that is often not done.

Then after being switched the power comes back on the black and red wires to fan.

You only need to use one of. If you have a single gang box with a double switch you can remove it and replace it with a single switch so that there is no confusion on which switch does what. If you do that cap off one wire at each end. Probably the red one.

Connect the wire, typically you will use the black if you are only using one to the black on the light. Then connect to neutral on the light (white) to the neutral on the power cables (the 2 whites wirenuted together).

And if there are ground wires (bare or green) in the box then connect them to the green screw on the light and/or bare/green wire on the light.

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