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Old 12-20-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Light Fixture, Four Ceiling Wires?


Installing a new light fixture in the soon-to-be nursery. Under the ceiling plate was one green white. After removing some of the jacketing, there are four smaller wires: red, yellow, green, black. Pic below:

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Light fixture is the normal two black, two white, one copper ground.

I'm obviously a complete newbie when it comes to electrical systems but I certainly want to make sure I install this light correctly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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That's some type of low voltage wire (phone, doorbell, thermostat, alarm, ?).
Not for a typical light fixture.
I'm not familiar with low voltage lighting wiring, so I guess it could be some of that if you have low voltage lighting in your house.


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Old 12-20-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Those are too small to be used for electrical wiring for a fixture.

Based on the colors it looks like old 2 pair phone cable.

How old is the house? Was there a fixture previously?
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The home was built in 2005. It's a "Ryan Homes" house. There was no light fixture there before but several have been added to home since it was built...
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Are your smoke alarms hard wired?
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Yes they are. There's already one in the same room. This plate is right in the center of the room so I would think it's obviously for a light or ceiling fan.
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Yes they are. There's already one in the same room. This plate is right in the center of the room so I would think it's obviously for a light or ceiling fan.
You would think. You may be able to use the box for what you want but you will need cable to the box and the switch to achieve what you want.
Not that wire!
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Yes they are. There's already one in the same room. This plate is right in the center of the room so I would think it's obviously for a light or ceiling fan.
Not with that size wire, at least for 120V lighting. That's definitely in-wall telephone wiring, 2 pair (green-yellow and red-black).
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Well thanks for the advice guys. I'm going to try contacting the builder tomorrow for some more info. Guess I will have to get an electrician in here.

Thanks again.

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