||09-03-2011 05:57 PM
installing light fixture in old box
So I just got done installing a new,simple light fixture into the ceiling. I go to turn it on, nothing happens, change the bulb, still nothing. The box is old, round, shallow with confusing wires. On one side you get white and black, on the other side is white. All are copper from what I can tell. They are thick and stiff but I was able to secure them to the new wires from the new fixture using those plastic screw on deals. I will say a bit of copper overhang was exposed outside of the screw on deals.I attached black to black, white to white, then the green ground I attached to the white on the other side of the box. I assumed this was the ground. I did not use the included brace because it was too crowded with all those thick damn wires in this tiny shallow circle, and I didn't see any use for it except as a brace which I didn't need, the mounting screws alone were just fine. Is that what messed it up? I'm an amateur (obviously) but I had installed a fixture in this same spot a few years ago with no problem. I know you are thinking I better quit before I set the damn house on fire....