Monday, June 8, 2009

Subject: installing new light

Name: Rob

Question: I have a relatively recently built home (1972) and I have done some basic electrical before in installing ceiling fans and lights and stuff but I have something I have not seen before. I am trying to install a kitchen light and dining room chandelier. I have run across the same thing in both cases...I have a 2 black wires, 2 white wires and a single red coming from the junction box in the ceiling. The swithc in each case has the black wires attached to the lower connection and the red attached to the upper connection on the switch. The white wires are capped. How do I wire the single white and black wires coming from my lighting unit? Thanks...

Answer: Hi Rob,

The white wire is the neutral and it goes to the white of the light fixture. The red wire should be your switched hot wire and goes to the black of the light fixture. The two blacks wires in the box are constant hots. They just just get tucked in the back of the box.

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