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Old 05-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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How do I connect these two sets of wires?


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What I need to do is connect these two sets of wires. As far as I can tell, the only "hot" wire is the red one.

We're removing a light switch and need to connect the two sets of wires that were connected to the switch.

Before I removed the switch, the white wires were tied off to each other (not connected to the switch at all), the black wires were on the same pole and the red was on a pole of its own.

I tried connecting white-to-white, black-to-black and left red own its own and everything seemed to work fine (as far as other things on the same circuit), but wanted to make sure that's what I should do first before I made it "official."

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That used to be three way switch, if you flip the other switch, you will notice the "red" wire will not have power anymore, but the black wire from that same cable will, to answer your question though, cap the red, tie the blacks together, tie the whites together... the light should still operate from the other switch.


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Normally, to remove a two terminal switch (two screw switch) completely you combine all the wires on one switch terminal with all the wires on the other switch terminal. This makes the "thing" controlled by the switch permanently energized.

Technically a switch with two poles has two pairs (sometimes two triplets) of terminals with one hot wire on each pair (or triplet). Do not combine wires from one pair (or triplet) with wires from the other pair (or triplet) without some extra research about where the wires go.

What did the switch control?
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What did the switch control?
A set of light sconces in a bedroom.
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No three way that I see from the description.
The black is the power in and out to another device so they need to be connected together.
The white are the neutral. Connect them together.
The grounds all connect together.
The red was the switched wire to the fixture. What happened to the fixture? If it is still there and you want is permanently on then connect the red to the blacks. If the fixture is gone and you don't have anything to switch then cap the red and leave it.
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No three way that I see from the description.
The black is the power in and out to another device so they need to be connected together.
The white are the neutral. Connect them together.
The grounds all connect together.
The red was the switched wire to the fixture. What happened to the fixture? If it is still there and you want is permanently on then connect the red to the blacks. If the fixture is gone and you don't have anything to switch then cap the red and leave it.
The op stated the only "hot" conductor was red, so I just went with 3way.... who knows... theses types of questions are almost impossible to answer without asking a million questions....

-edit, ahhh... after re-reading, I see what you mean.

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