10:26AM | 04/02/11
Member Since: 01/20/05
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I have a simple ceiling light I want to install - it just has a black, white and ground wire.

But my ceiling wiring has me confused. In photo, there is wiring coming from the left (black, white, ground) and wiring coming from the right (black, white, red, ground). Dangling from my ceiling are the 2 black wires nutted together, 2 whites together, the red alone and the 2 grounds together.

There appears only 1 wall switch to this light (I've never used it before). The wall switch is similar to the ceiling - 2 sets of wiring coming in. 1 set (red, black, white, ground), 2nd set (black, white, ground). The red and ground are attached to the switch. The 2 blacks appear to be attached together to the switch also. I'll try & post a pic of this wall switch too.

Question: How do I connect my simple light fixture to this double set of ceiling and switch wires?


10:27AM | 04/02/11
Member Since: 01/20/05
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The wall switch - looks like a black wire is connected to switch, then nutted to the other black wire. (black wire has white paint on it).


10:30AM | 04/02/11
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Oops, forgot to add, in the wall switch wiring, the 2 whites are nutted together and not attached to the switch.


04:52PM | 04/05/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
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light's black to stand alone red,light's white to whites,ground to grounds.


07:23AM | 04/06/11
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Thanks Larry! That works.


04:01PM | 04/09/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
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I'm glad if I was able to help.


03:47PM | 07/27/11
Member Since: 07/27/11
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You are going to have to weed through the wires till you can separate both sets. Once you have done this you should tape together one set and put it up where it is out of the way. Now that you have that out of the way hook up the ceiling lighting.

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09:41PM | 02/13/12
Member Since: 02/13/12
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I hate it when there are so many wires to work with. It makes the installing of lights more much complex than it needs to be. I think LarryG's advice is the best and should help with others if they encounter the same problem.


09:11PM | 09/26/13
i have two sets of wiring. both have red, white, black and ground. when i changed the light and put the new one in, i had the two reds capped off, a white and black capped off and everything worked. but a faint burning smell came from it. so i disassembled, and am now trying to figure out which wires to connect to make it safe?


07:23PM | 07/10/14
I have a blk,wht,red,and gnd wires coming out of ceiling for fan,my fan has a wht,blk/blue,and a gnd,how do I wire this fan with 3 lights and a remote? Please help.
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