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Old 04-13-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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I just had to have a new light bar in my bathroom. There are 2 lights in my bathroom, the one I am trying to replace with the outlet in it, and one single bulb light in the ceiling, two switches on the wall, one for each light. We took the old light off and I have 2 white, 2 black and a copper ground. We put white to white, black to black and the ceiling light does not work at all, the new light fixture was on, but would not shut off. We moved stuff around, and the circuit popped off, cuz it was not happy. Now my husband is not speaking to me and told me call an electrician. As of now I have NO lights at all and wires hanging out of the wall (capped of course) .. we gave up. HELP

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Now my husband ** ** ******** ** ** *** told me call an electrician.
Your husband is a very intelligent man.

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I was hoping I could get help and not have to pay an electrician that would make him happy..
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Your husband is totally correct. Call the electrician.
Oh alright.... if you guys say so. Our house is older and everytime we try to do something it all goes wrong. The wiring is scary at best, and grounding seems to be optional around here.
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Do you have any way to test for power?
Try this. Connect the light across the two wires form one cable turn on the breaker and tell us what happens. Then try the same test with the other set of wires.
Also tell us if anything else doesn't work with the wires disconnected.
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The wiring is scary at best, and grounding seems to be optional around here.
Yet you want us to help you cobble this thing back together?
Sorry, I gave the only advice I am comfortable with.
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Yet you want us to help you cobble this thing back together?
Sorry, I gave the only advice I am comfortable with.
Well the wiring is good, the power is there, we just could not get the connections right and I though the GFI wire from the old light may have been a factor. I though this was a place to come for help, I guess not.
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I though this was a place to come for help, I guess not.
Yeah, throw that old line out when things don't go your way.
Typical.

Stick around for a while and read. You'll see this IS the place to come for help. Free help at that!

I'm sure if you go around to enough forums you'll find someone to tell you exactly what you want to hear.

Sorry if I am in a bad mood but crap like this bothers me.
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I though this was a place to come for help, I guess not.


The solution is simple but you need to describe the wiring in detail. Pics are awesome.



Why don't people just LOOK at the wiring before they disconnect
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Why don't people just LOOK at the wiring before they disconnect
Normally if they would simply use the same two wires as the old fixture it would work. Why they take apart everything is beyond me.
In this case however there is a receptacle in the old fixture so that would confuse how to connect the new one which doesn't have a receptacle.
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no need to say sorry, it's Monday now and I still have no lights in the bathroom so my mood is not so hot now either.. Electrician could not come today..
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Normally if they would simply use the same two wires as the old fixture it would work. Why they take apart everything is beyond me.
In this case however there is a receptacle in the old fixture so that would confuse how to connect the new one which doesn't have a receptacle.
We did.. and it's a mess... with extra stuff we don't need.. brown wires, green wires all attached to the original light... now gone.. left me 2 black 2 white and ground.. I'm off to turn off the breaker and give it another go.
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You need a tester to identify the "hot" black wire.

After that it's simple.

Hot black to white (in the other cable).

Remaining black and white go to fixture B&W

Greens/bares go together for grounding.

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