Need Help Moving An Overhead Light - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-12-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
DIY Homeowner
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rewards Points: 79

Need help moving an overhead light

I have an existing overhead light that is not in the middle of the room where we would like it. I have installed a new round junction box in the desired location and have run a 14/2 romex extension between the old box to the new one. The old box is really crammed full of wires and connections. The light fixture is connected to a bundle of 4 white wires on one lead (large red cap) and to a single white wire on the other lead (small yellow cap). I assume that the bundle is the circuit ground and the single white wire runs from the wall switch. But I thought that any white wire running from a switch that might be hot is supposed to be taped with black or red tape. Is that not the case?

Anyhow, I connected the black wire of the extension to the single white. Maybe that makes it right. Any advice? I don't want to create or continue a code violation.

BTW, this light is on a 15-amp breaker, so the 14/2 is to code.

Thanks in advance.


BRO931 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
Electrical Contractor
jbfan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Newnan GA
Posts: 6,974
Rewards Points: 544

You are correct that any white wire used as a hot should be remarked.
You connected it the correct way.
You can put some tape on the white wire, or use a marker.


"The problem isn't that Hillary Clinton lies. We all know she lies. The problem is that her supporters don't seem to care"
jbfan is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Light Fixture won't turn off Aubullion Electrical 4 02-22-2011 12:23 AM
Adding 2 more lights to existing light BCH_COLIN Electrical 7 01-24-2011 11:04 AM
Condensation in overhead light JB Toyz Electrical 0 12-06-2009 02:40 PM
Overhead light not working lesstrang Electrical 4 11-16-2009 08:52 PM
Overhead light w/ switch and 3 recept. how to wire? twilightcall Electrical 8 01-07-2008 04:27 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1