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Old 10-06-2010, 08:01 AM   #1
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Hello,

I recently purchased an old house that is missing several overhead light fixtures. I am working on a ceiling box with two white, two black, and a single red wire. The wall switch box has the same configuration. I tried ignoring the red wire and the light worked but could not be turned off with the switch. (photos attached, also the old switch)

I am pretty sure that this is not a three-way because there are no other switches in the area. Could this be a dimmer switch configuration?

I would love to know how to wire my light for a regular on/off switch.

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Does the switch control anything? receptacle? other light?

I suspect what you need to do is connect the light to the red and white. Connect the blacks together at the light.
Connect the blacks together at the switch with a pigtail and connect the pigtail to one terminal of the switch. Connect the red to other switch terminal.

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It worked!! Thanks so much Joe!!
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