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Simple connection
I am replacing an old ceiling light that also has old wiring in the ceiling. The wires from the ceiling are white and red?? The new Ikea light has just a black and white wire. How do I connect these. Is the red a ground wire? I've tried connecting the black to the red and connecting the whites together but it doesn't work. No light- Help!


rgsgww 11-30-2008 01:12 AM

Sounds like the original installers might have done something wrong.

Can you take a picture of the wiring?

What does the switch wiring look like?

Mike Swearingen 11-30-2008 03:25 AM

They should work black to red and white to white, but if they don't, as stated, someone did something wrong in the original wiring.
Switch the black light fixture wire to the white and the white light fixture wire to the red and see if that doesn't do it.
Good luck!

J. V. 11-30-2008 11:14 AM

It will work either way. One way is wrong.

buletbob 11-30-2008 11:19 AM

is there anything else that was touched! did you replace the switch?. it sounds as tho the red was a switched leg. open the switch box and see if you have current at the red terminal on the switch, and current at the black on the switch.! BOB

handyman78 11-30-2008 12:06 PM

Black and red are normally interchangeable as "hot" wires. I have often used a 3 wire w/g in a fan/light combo situation where a black wire and red wire are individually switched for the fan or light. Could there be a black wire hiding in the box? Otherwise, something is definitely wrong in the wiring and the connections should be tested using a test light or meter.

Stubbie 11-30-2008 02:37 PM

Replacing incandescent light fixture 101....

1.) Be sure old fixture works before removing it. Do not disconnect any wires except the ones connected to the fixture or fixture wires. If you do take good notes or digital picture of what wires and theirs colors are connected to each other or mark them.
2.) Make sure the new fixture has bulbs and one(s) that are not burned out.

Connect new fixture to the same wires as the old. There is then a high probability that it will work.

In most cases like this where the OP says his new light doesn't work is almost always related to him/her withholding valuable information.

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