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Wiring a Kitchen Ceiling Light Fixture

I bought a new ceiling light fixture for the kitchen and I need help wiring with the wiring: Wire a Light Fixture and Wall Switch.

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Electrical Question: I bought a new ceiling light fixture for the kitchen and I need help wiring with the wiring.

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How to Wire a Light Fixture and Switch

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Application: Wiring Light Fixtures with 3-Way Light Switches.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional 3-way switch wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure replacement 3-way light switches have the same amperage and voltage rating as the original three way light switch, and is the switch is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used.

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2 Responses to “Wiring a Kitchen Ceiling Light Fixture”
  1. Marlene says:

    I am trying to change my kitchen lights and I thought everything went well until I realized that the lights remain on even when turning the switch to off. There is a second light in the kitchen that I also changed last week. After a friend said something about this probably being controlled by a 3 way switch, I redid the wiring on the lights – now the same light won’t go off and the other won’t go on!

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Marlene,
    When changing or adding onto electrical wiring for lighting fixtures the circuit configuration must be identified and understood in order to make the right wiring connections for the new light fixtures. This is especially true when there is a 3-way or 4-way switch involved. So in order to correct the problem, the process of identifying the circuit configuration must be done, then the correct wiring connections will be revealed, as well as the options for controlling the light fixture with existing switches.