Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-13-2009, 12:22 AM   #1
ws6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 5
Share |
Default

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.



ws6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,497
Default

Wiring a closet light


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...


Billy_Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
Member
 
300zx's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 630
Post

Wiring a closet light


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.
300zx is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question with wiring up a flood light. SuperAkuma Electrical 6 09-20-2008 10:58 AM
Help with wiring an Ikea ceiling light hlong2 Electrical 4 03-15-2008 04:22 PM
Central Vac wiring...how do I get a light to go on? wease Electrical 4 02-22-2007 07:27 AM
wiring a light Unregistered Electrical 6 01-08-2005 09:19 PM
wiring a new light ugmr10 Electrical 2 12-30-2003 10:59 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.