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Old 03-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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IKEA Ceiling Light Help


Hello,
So... For the life of me I am unable to install this ceiling light I bought from Ikea.

Coming out of the Ikea light are four wires... 1 black, 1 white, 1 teal, 1 green/yellow (assuming the ground).

Coming from the ceiling is 1 black, 1 white, 1 teal, and 1 yellow.

I feel like I've tried almost every combination and the light still will not work.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 03-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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What do the instructions say? How was the old fixture installed?

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Pics help.
I have never seen a teal colored wire coming from the ceiling, and I hate Ikea lights!
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#1 Go back and add your location to your profile, you can just go up to Quick Links and edit it.
Sure sounds like your not in the US with that color code.

How was the old light wired?
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They're ridiculous
I live in a condo in Toronto, Ontario
There was no fixture here previously...but there is power, I checked...
There's also power going to the ballast but there is no light, and I've tried using two different bulbs...
Do you see the pics?
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when I use the voltage meter on the wires coming from the ceiling, it only beeps on the yellow wire if that helps... Nothing happens when passed over the other three wires...
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the instruction manual says to twist the g/y + teal on the fixture to the round in the ceiling but how do I tell which colour wire is the ground in the ceiling?
Next... Connect black wire to black wire
Next... Connect white wire with white wire...
That's it...

The fixture came with one of those brackets that includes a grounding screw but nothing in the instructions indicate to use this screw with any of the wires...
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the instruction manual says to twist the g/y + teal on the fixture to the round in the ceiling but how do I tell which colour wire is the ground in the ceiling?
Green
Next... Connect black wire to black wire
Next... Connect white wire with white wire...
That's it...

The fixture came with one of those brackets that includes a grounding screw but nothing in the instructions indicate to use this screw with any of the wires...
How many switches are thee for this light fixture.
You need a meter to test the wiring, cause a tic tester will not be accurate with that many wires.

Try wiring it the way the instruction say, and cap off the yellow wire in the ceiling.
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These are the wires coming from the ceiling... There's also 2 braided black wires capped off...
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Here is a picture of the fixture...

When I connect yellow ceiling wire to black lamp wire, I use the volt meter and power will run through the lamp but won't light...

I tried the way the instructions say... Teal lamp wire + y/g lamp wire to teal wire in ceiling, black to black, white to white, but this didn't work... When I used voltage meter around lamp, there were no beeps...

I took off the light switch panel... On the switch... The black wire is in the bottom, and the yellow wire through the top...

Anyone recommend anything else??
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Anyone recommend anything else??
I have an idea. Go back to basics. Find an incandescent fixture of any kind and work with it to find the combination. Ballasts can be bad right out of the box, as can fluorescent lamps. Make sure you know the light bulb is good. Go to town. If you can't get an incandescent bulb to light, it's time to methodically dig into the circuit.

If you must troubleshoot the circuit, use a real meter, not a proximity tester. Start at the switch for power, then move to the other side of the switch when on/off (switches go bad too). Then move on up the line to the ceiling.

You'll find it in due time. Just use patience and logic.

Is that a three way switch? Does it have three screws?

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