Electrical Wiring for a New Garage Light
How to Wire a Garage Light Fixture and Switch: Description of electrical wiring for a garage light fixture and switch.
Identifying and Wiring a Garage Light Fixture
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I replaced a single bulb light socket in my garage with a 48 inch fluorescent light fixture with 4-bulbs.
- The new fixture had 1 black wire, 1 white, 1 green.
- The wires coming out of the ceiling were 1 red, 2 black,2 white with a short red pigtail attached.
- The pigtail went to a post on old fixture and and red wire went to other post.
- I removed the short red pigtail and hooked black wires to black wire and white wires to white.
- I taped the end of red wire and put it up in ceiling.
- Now the light burns all the time and I can’t turn it off with the wall switch that operated it before.
This electrical question came from: Bill, a Homeowner from Wichita Falls,Texas.
Thanks for your electrical question Bill.
How to Wire a Garage Light Fixture and Switch
- Bill, the pigtail or original wiring that was used for the existing light fixture should not have been removed because it was correct.
- What you did was wire directly to the power source thereby bypassing the wiring to the light switch.
- Now the wiring leading to the wall switch must be identified then you must rewire the light fixture accordingly.
- I believe that if you connect the wiring for the new light fixture with the same configuration as the original light fixture then you will see that it works just fine.
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