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Old 12-13-2009, 12:22 AM   #1
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Wiring a closet light

I could use a little help, please. I have a closet that needs a light. It came pre-wired.

The light box in the ceiling has an exposed red, white, and ground that go to the light. There are 2 black lines in the box that are wire nutted together.

The wall box has an exposed black, red, and ground wire that need to go to a switch. There are 2 white lines in the box that are wire nutted together.

This is the end of the road for the electrical, there are no more lights, outlets, etc.

What is the correct way to wire this? Does the red wire go to the black line on the light? And what is the correct placement of the red and black lines on the switch, does it make a difference?

Thanks in advance for the help.


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Old 12-13-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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You are correct! A+!

Does not matter on the switch. Black / red switched, ground to ground connection on switch.

And red to black wire of light fixture, white to white, bare copper ground to green or ground.

What is going on is the "hot" wire is switched. If you touched this wire, you would be shocked. So you want the hot turned off by the switch and they have already wired it that way for you.

Then with a light fixture, there is a light socket. Two connections for the bulb. One connection is the inside center connection. This goes to the black wire.

So by connecting the red (hot) wire to the black wire on the fixture, you are connecting the hot to that center inside contact. This makes it safer to replace a light bulb. You could not accidentially touch that center contact as you might by touching the outside metal screw in part.

The following picture shows a lamp socket and similar wiring...


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Old 12-13-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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Billy BoB HAS YOU ON THE RIGHT DIRECTION/Make sure the light you put in the closet has a globe on it can't be a open bulb.
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