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Old 06-01-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Help with 1940s switched bath wall light fixture


I would like to replace the bathroom wall light fixture, which has a two-prong plug outlet, and a central socket for the bulb which has an on/off chain pull. I want to replace it with a simple light fixture (no two-prong outlet and no switch) and have it be controlled by the wall switch only.

I'm including a couple of pictures. Two brown wires go the central bulb socket where the chain pull is located. White and black wires go to the 2-prong plug outlet. There's no ground wire.

We will rewire this bathroom someday but for now, that is not an option. What happens to each of the wires: Black, White, and the two browns? What I think should happen is that the white and black each get capped with a wire nut so they do nothing, and the brown wires go to the hot and neutral on the new fixture. Is that right?
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what are they tied to in the box? as those will be the wires used for the new fixture, not the wires connected to the fixture in your photo

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has a two-prong plug outlet,
and a central socket for the bulb which has an on/off chain pull.

I want to replace it with a simple light fixture (no two-prong outlet and no switch) and have it be controlled by the wall switch only.
Does the wall switch control the light now? Or the chain pull?


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What happens to each of the wires: Black, White, and the two browns?
We'll get to that next...
lets focus on what is controlled by a wall switch (or not).
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the helpful troubleshooting questions, which showed me that I was making a false assumption. I assumed there was a three-way switch (on/off at light fixture or on/off at wall switch) but everything is controlled by the wall switch. I just got rid of the brown wires and hooked up the remaining white and black to the new fixture.
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