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Old 11-06-2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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I am trying to install a Hamptonbay kitchen light. The fixture has a black, white and ground. Coming out of the ceiling is a black, white, red and ground. I assume the black goes to black, white to white so what do I do with the red. This is being installed on a 3 way switch.

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was this a location where there was once a ceiling fan? Just three wires in the box: red, black, white, no more? Do you have a volt meter? Perhaps the red was a spare, just in case one wanted to install a ceiling fan at some future point in time.

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He said it was a three way switch........
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He said it was a three way switch....
I saw that. Thanks. I am not sure that this explains the three wires in the switch, however. Nor do I see how this gives a clue about what to do with the extra red cable.

I could be wrong. Or perhaps I misunderstand his meaning of a three-way switch.
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You're right.
The red wire just goes from switch to switch.
Earlier post suspected a ceiling fan
I think he's right....but not sure.


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I am trying to replace a kitchen light. With the old light I had a light switch on each side of the kitchen. Someone else disconected the light so I did not see how it was wired. I would like to connect it so I can continue to use both switches. Since the black is the hot should I connect the red wire with the black?
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If we assume the red was for a ceiling fan light, then the answer will be no.
The black should be hot, white neutral, green ground.
You will cap off the red wire in the box since you no longer need it.
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At this point, we are making a lot of assumptions. You have not responded to my original question about whether you have a volt meter. This would be really handy to reach some conclusions without so many assumptions.

Or you can wire it up white to white, black to black, cap the red, and hope it works. It might. Hopefully it will not cause any damage.
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tcleve4911 thank you for helping. I'm a single mom trying to do home improvements with my daughter. Most of the projects have been easy but time consuming. The electrical has been the hardest.

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