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smidt1

06:08AM | 03/29/06
Member Since: 10/24/05
4 lifetime posts
I have an extra ceiling wire showing when I tried to install a new light fixture.

The wire is colored pink.

What is this for and do I connect it to anything or just tape it off.

Also - for the ground wire. How do I connect the ceiling ground wire to the light ground wire and then to the ground screw on the bracket? Lots of twisting and tape?

Billhart

08:32AM | 03/29/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Was there a light fixture before?

If there is just the one extra wire then my guess is that this was setup so that a fan with a light could be installed and have separate control of each.

Look at the switch. you will probably find the red wire not connected to anything.

Does the light have a bare ground wire. Just wrap it once around the ground screw on the bracket and then wirenut it to the ground wire from the supply cable.

smidt1

09:59AM | 03/29/06
Member Since: 10/24/05
4 lifetime posts
Thanks Bill,

I did figure it out. The red cable was connected to the wall switch not the black.

I switched the connections on the ceiling and light and everything is ok.

Good lesson to learn as a beginner I guess.

thank you for your help!


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