ok, I had a room painted and the guys had to disconnect and reconnect
a ceiling light. I noticed there were 3 wires in the electrical box
in the ceiling. After they reconnected the light it won't turn off.
I will buy a new switch tomorrow, but I think the problem is in the
light, not the switch. What should I look for? I have never heard of
WHY??? It's only .79, but WHY??? Sounds like they didn't go
anywhere near the switch!
, but I think the problem is in the
Yellow Pages: Electrician. Send your painter's the bill.
OK, seriously...if your first inclination is to replace the switch,
you have no business being anywhere near that light fixture. Seek
professional help (or a friend or relative who knows how to do
basic home electrical work).
If u are gonna say that I said something,
For the sake of argument and my own knowledge, just how could they wire the
light to stay on all the time with the switch not working? I'm not saying
that is not the problem, because it pretty much obviously is, but just how
could they do that, if the switch breaks the circuit? Unless of course there
is more to the story, and the recommendation of an electrician is a good
Thanks in advance,
In alt.home.repair on Wed, 02 Jul 2003 11:55:20 GMT "MF"
Maybe the switch was in the neutral wire instead of the hot, and they
wired the light to the hot and the ground wires. And wired the ground
of the light fixture to the neutral wire from the switch.
I think that would do it.
My house was only 4 years old when I got it, and the two way switches
in the entryway didn't work the one by the door turned the light on
and off, but only if the other switch was in one of its two positions
(up or down :) ). I couldn't keep it in my head and I had to make a
drawing to figure out how it was wired now, and which two wires to
exchange to make it work.
The electrician had bought one of the houses (or been paid for his
services with one) and for some reason I mentioned it to him. Stupid
me, I was thinking he would appreciate feedback, but he refused to
believe he had done it. :)
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Orig. Poster said there were three wires in fixture...
Most likely hot, switched and neutral.
(Handy for ceiling fan usage even when the light is switched off)
If the painters hooked the light up to hot and neutral that would cause the
They disconnected the light, but not the switch?
What color are the three wires in the box? (Three wires or three cables
(with multiple wires)?)
Which wires are attached to the light?
Is it a single switch or a 3way?
If a single switch, what color are the wires attached to it?
With a little information, you might get some help.
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