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Old 08-24-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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I have an electric baseboard heater which is wired with red, black and white wiring. I have run a feed from that heater up the wall to a switch that powers a ceiling light. I have all wires from the switch going to the light but I have capped the red. The switch powers the light but it won't turn off. What should I do?

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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I have an electric baseboard heater which is wired with red, black and white wiring. I have run a feed from that heater up the wall to a switch that powers a ceiling light. I have all wires from the switch going to the light but I have capped the red. The switch powers the light but it won't turn off. What should I do?
Sorry but you'll have to give more detail.....

Why did you run the feed from the b-board heater to the switch ?

Was there not power at the switch to begin with ?

"All wires" are going from the switch to the light ?

Did you run the new feed from the b-board heater up to your light ?


If you provide us with a bit more detail and exactly how many wires present in your switch box and ceiling box and what exactly you did....or better yet what is it you are trying to do than we might be able to help you out.

All in all sounds like a wrong connection to me and your supplying your light fixture with constant power............ but who knows.

Fill us in...

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Can you supply a diagram of how you connected the heater to the switch and how you connected the switch to the light?

Normally a circuit that is directly wired to a built in heater (such as a baseboard) is not supposed to be used for lighting or receptacles.
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