10:56AM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 12/30/06
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Just installed a new ceiling fan in one room and a ceiling light in another room. Both lights basically stay on when I turn the breaker back on. The wall switch does nothing.

So I opened up the wall switch and this is what I have:

-a single pole switch

-1x red wire

-1x black wire

-3x white wires twisted up and not used.

Now before I touched anything the red and black wires were the only ones connected to the switch. The 3 twisted up white wires were not used.

What do I need to do to enable switching the light on and off from the switch.

6683 help pleasewall swit


11:26AM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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Ok with the picture it makes a little more sense.

You don't have 1 black wire, but rather several connected to a pigtail.

Can be sure from the picture, but you should have 3 black wires going into cables in the wall plus the pigtail.

You need to verify what is in the ceiling.

If it is what I think that it is then you will have just ONE cable, with a black, red, white, and bare ground wire.

If that is the case then then you need to connect the fan between to the white and red.

You also have several other options. Connect the fan (black) to the black and then neutral (white) to the cable white.

Then the light wire (usually blue) will be connected to the red wire.

If that is done then the switch will only control the light and the fan is controlled separately by the pull chain.

Or you an also install a fan/light control siwtch which give you a dimmer for the light and speed control for the fan all operated from one wall control.


11:37AM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 12/30/06
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What about the room with the dome light only in it. It has the same wiring in the switch box. what wire(s) do I use to connect to switch.

I have a remote for the room with the fan in it so I really dont care about that.


12:07PM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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Again you need to verify that it has just the one cable with black, red, white, and ground.

Connect the light neutral to the white and the light hot to the red.


12:50PM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 12/30/06
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The wires that are coming from the celing are 1x white and 1x black.

I have the lack to the light's black and white to light's white.

So what do i now connect to the light's wall switch.


01:56PM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You are probably going to have to get an electrican in with some test equipment to identify the wires.

It clearly is not wired like typical circuits and without being their I can't make any suggestions as to what else to look for.


01:57PM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 12/30/06
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thank you for your time
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