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Old 06-27-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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I removed a chandelier fixture from my dining area, leaving the wiring disconnected. Now, the other lights on that circuit don't work. Is there a way to connect the existing wires (using wire nuts) so the other lights will work until I can get a replacement fixture?

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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What wires are in the ceiling, and how are they connected?

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There are a total of 4 white and 4 black wires, plus the copper ground. Two blacks and one white are currently connected with a wire nut. Two other whites are connected with a wire nut. There is one single white wire (loose) and a single black wire (loose). The last black wire is fully covered (not stripped on the end) and looks different from the other black wires and is pushed up into the housing.
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Please tell me you didn't just pull EVERYTHING apart when you removed the fixture.
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Thanks for your reply.

No, I didn't pull everything apart; I removed the wire nuts, and removed the wires from the light fixture. As best I could, I left the house wires as they were. Where wires were combined, I replaced the wire nuts. Hence, I have some connections as described above, as well as a couple of wires that may have been disconnected in the removal process. One hint is that I have four wire nuts, and I believe one was attached to the ground wires.

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Old 06-29-2008, 11:26 AM   #6
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It would work without the ground. So that is not the clue we are looking for.
The black wire that was connected to the fixture, did it have any other wires connected to it? Or was it just a single wire. Same with the white? You have evidently disconnected a white or black needed for the other part of the circuit.

Do you have a meter or a way to check voltage. You can get a pigtail lamp holder at HD for a couple bucks. Then we can assist you on how to determine what wire goes where.

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