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ByDave Rongey © Ask the Electrician 2017 Author, Licensed Electrical Contractor

How to Connect Light Fixture Wiring

How should I connect the wires from the light fixture to the other wires? The Key to Wiring Connections when Installing Light Fixtures.

Light Fixture Wiring
Electrical Question: How should I connect the wires from the light fixture to the other wires?

I am installing a light fixture where a ceiling fan was originally. The light switch has a red and black wire attached to the side terminals and the white wires are connected together. Where the light fixture is the power continues to other fixtures so their are 4 black wires and 4 white wires plus the 1 red wire and a ground wire.

Should I connect the white wire from the fixture to the other 4 white wires and the black wire from the fixture to the red wire?

This home electrical question came from: Rod, a Homeowner from Saskatoon, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your home electrical wiring question Rod.

How to Fix Light Fixture Wiring Problems

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester or Voltage Tracer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the electrical wires.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring  and making electrical wiring connections should be done according to local and national electrical codes and may require a permit and inspection.

The Key to Wiring Connections when Installing  Light Fixtures

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