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Old 06-28-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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My house was built around 1968 and still has the original family room ceiling fixture.

I bought a new fixture and the directions to wire it up say to connect the white wires to the white wires and black wires to the black. Sounded simple enough but when I pulled the old fixture down there were NO white wires.:confused:

There are only brown and black wires and a bare ground wire.
I am assuming the brown wire would be the same as a white wire?

Would the brown wire be the neutral and the black the hot?
Thanks for your coaching!

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Old 06-29-2008, 09:49 PM   #2
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Is the light connected to a wall switch, or 2 wall switches?

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Old 06-30-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Steve,

It's only connected to one wall switch.

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Old 07-15-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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I would guess the brown wire was a white that has discolored from age? Just in case you could carefully use a circuit tester and see if the black or brown to ground makes the tester light . The one that makes the tester light is the power and the other would normal be the white or return.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:30 PM   #5
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You can you go back to the switch and see which wire comes from the switch and which wire bypasses the switch. The Black Hot wire should always be switched and the white neutral bypasses the switch (so see what the brown one does).

In the end though the light bulb doesn't care which way the juice runs through it.

Matt's way is easier though

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