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Old 09-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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I replaced an old bathroom light fixture, with a new one and it worked fine. I took it down (to repaint). When I reinstalled it, the light will no longer shut off.

There are only three wires coming from the junction box for the light; two gray and a copper ground. The fixture has two white, a black and a copper wire. No matter what combination I try, it remains on.

I have three switches on the wall. The first one controls the ceiling light; the second controls the ceiling fan, which is in the light fixture that the first switch controls and the third switch appears to control nothing.

I put the light fixture back the way it was but it stays on no matter what switch I turn on or off.

Please help. What is the problem?

et
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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A picture is worth a thousand words, have one of fixture outlet?

Maybe even the switch pulled from the switch box
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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Did you also remove the switches or receptacle when you painted?
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:02 AM   #4
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Hi:

I replaced an old bathroom light fixture, with a new one and it worked fine. I took it down (to repaint). When I reinstalled it, the light will no longer shut off.

There are only three wires coming from the junction box for the light; two gray and a copper ground. The fixture has two white, a black and a copper wire. No matter what combination I try, it remains on.

I have three switches on the wall. The first one controls the ceiling light; the second controls the ceiling fan, which is in the light fixture that the first switch controls and the third switch appears to control nothing.

I put the light fixture back the way it was but it stays on no matter what switch I turn on or off.

Please help. What is the problem?

et
You must have a switch loop originating from the light !

And you have hooked up the hot supply to the light
on the wrong side of the switch loop.

Find the two wires that go off to the switch,
and put the hot supply to the light on the other wire !
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