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#125216 - 08/15/04 09:29 AM Simple light fixture, help please.
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Ok this is the ceiling:



You've got your hot (black), neutral (white), and ground wire (exposed)... simple enough, right? Here's where I get confused - the light fixture itself:




There's a red wire (hot?) black wire (also hot? ) and then three unlabeled white wires. As you can see there's two thicker white wires and then a thinner white wire coming down the middle of the fixture that splits off and is spliced into each of the two thicker white wires. I have no idea what's supposed to go where. The instructions only say "contact professional electrician for installation." **** that, it's just a light fixture. Can anyone with some experience with this sort of thing help me out here?

Thanks.

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#125217 - 08/15/04 10:22 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
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Registered: 05/27/03
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First fix that ground wire in the box....

Second the fixture may be of foriegn origin not for US market, look for the ratings on the transormer, it may be rated for a higher voltage.... (if it's marked) If rated for 120, or not marked, call the electrician....

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Hook this up wrong, you could be calling the fire dept. I don't think any of us want that...

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#125218 - 08/15/04 10:28 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
Topher Offline
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Is that a ceiling fan?

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#125219 - 08/15/04 10:39 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
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It looks like a low voltage light fixture the coils are the transformer that changes 120? to 12 volts.

Charlie we have to be careful about giving advice to do it your selfers.

I echo e57's comments, call an electrician.

Bob
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#125220 - 08/15/04 10:43 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
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I cast another vote for calling a professional electrician.

The cable entering the box needs some attention also.

Roger

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#125221 - 08/15/04 10:45 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
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No its a low voltage light fixture...

The heavy gage is low volt to the lamp, however normally the cb (that little black button on the side) is on the LV side. Maybe wired wrong, or for other than US market. Attempts at wiring through the load side could give you an open or much higher than 120.... "**** that...." Call the Electrician! Whats a couple of bucks for your safety worth.....
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#125222 - 08/15/04 11:03 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
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By the wire colors I would say that that is a low voltage foreign fixture designed to operate on 240 volt mains. If so you have no use for it. Do the instructions give an operating voltage? If it's not 120 volts don't even bother.

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#125223 - 08/15/04 11:40 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
CTwireman Offline
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Registered: 02/07/02
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I don't know if it's the resolution of the picture, but that ground wire sure looks like aluminum to me. If it is, that is another serious issue.
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#125224 - 08/15/04 11:50 AM Re: Simple light fixture, help please.
PCBelarge Offline
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Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 657
Loc: Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
When a person with very little experience or knowledge of our industry says "it's just a light", and wants help to wire it over the net without the proper information to boot, I say in return "If it is just a light, why can't you figure it out?"

The best help this forum can help you with is to tell you to call a professional.

Pierre

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