GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE NOW. IT'S GONNA BURST INTO FLAMES WITHIN THE
NEXT FEW SECONDS. LEAVE NOW.........
GO TO A NEIGHBOR AND CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AN ELECTRICIAN
WHY ARE YOU STILL SITTING THERE?
GET THE FUCK OUT OF THAT HOUSE.
What you found in your fixture box when you removed the old light was a fixture
white and a fixture black spliced on to only 2 of the wires in the wall box.
Inside that wall box there was another splice which had nothing to do with your
fixture wires, and for some reason you felt the need to un-do that splice as
You are part of the 20% of DIYers and about 10% of so called professionals who
suffer from clueless overconfidence and have no business working on whatever it
is you're working on.
I cant understand the reason he took all of them apart anyhow. Only
TWO wires went to the fixture. There was no reason to disconnect the
On 21 Dec 2004 10:16:13 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (HaHaHa)
I would have thought that both percentages would be significantly
higher -- though sometimes nowadays given the lack of traditional
training and apprenticeship,I don't know which group suffers more from
the cruel disease of "clueless overconfidence"
Too late for you now... It's luck you haven't had a fire yet the way you're
blindly hooking up wires.
If you didn't take note of what wires went where when you pulled the old
fixture out, and you don't understand how a light switch works, hire a
The most probable reason that there are two sets of wires is because one
set is the hot (power source) and the other set goes to the switch. The
black hot wire is connected to the black wire going to (or coming from) the
switch. The white switch wire is connected to one side of the
fixture---treat and color this wire "black" as it is a hot wire. The white
(power source) wire is connected to the other side of the switch. You have
to determine which of the two sets of wires is the power source. The bare
wires are ground wires and should be connected together and connected to a
ground. Having said all that--get help because trial and error is not an
acceptable approach to this job
This post, and also the one from Greg, both look accurate to me. If you
are going to take this challenge, then I would first buy some books on home
wiring and read all about it before jumping in. If it is too much effort to
spend the time to read about it first, then I would take the safe way and
get an electrician. For example, if the receptacle has a gold and a silver
screw, you need to be sure you are connecting the right wire to the right
screw, otherwise you could be setting someone up for electrocution or a fire
years later. This opens you up to liability years after a mitake that was
part of your learning curve. You should find this exact wiring setup in any
beginner book, as this sounds like the most common wiring scheme used for a
switched light with power entering the fixture box first. You may recall
that when you unscrewed the wires there was a piece of tape, or maybe a
black mark with a pen, on one of the white wires, seemingly doing nothing.
What that piece of tape says is that this white wire is hot and not neutral,
and that it is within a switched circuit. What you did wrong was you
bypassed the switch, basically running it in parallel with the light so the
switch did nothing. You need it in series with the light, so that it
controls the fixture. Draw out your circuit, use a voltage tester and
ohmmeter to be sure you understand the circuit, and be very very careful.
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