So I'm trying to install new ceiling lights in 3 rooms after buying our first home.
We first had the fixtures removed when we had the ceiling drywalled, over some old 1950's styled popcorn ceilings. The drywaller removed the fixtures (I've got a call out to him for more info ... but no return call yet) and now that I'm trying to re-wire the new fixtures, I'm having the same problem in all of the rooms.
Here's the problem:
I turn off the power, connect the wiring (black to black, white to white, and ground to the green screw), turn the circuit back on and the light is always on, no matter whether the the wall switch is on or not
... and none of the switches are 3-way.
Here's what I've done to try and remedy the problem:
- Remembered (re-read) my home inspection that I have "reversed polarity" through most of the house ... but while I've learned what that is, I've had no luck troubleshooting.
- Call the drywaller for more info on what he saw when he took the fixtures off in the first place. I'm awaiting the return call.
- Read one of those Home Depot "Electrical 1,2,3" books ... with no luck yet.
- Call my buddy who knows a thing or two, as well as visit my local Home Depot I've been frequenting ... all with no luck.
- Finally, reversed going "black to black, white to white" and went "black to white, white to black" ... and nothing changed.
My next step is to take apart the fixture in another room (the kitchen) where he did not drywall or change the fixtures, but I'm frustrated and needed to get off a ladder for awhile.
ANY HELP OR INSIGHT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
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Thanks for your time.