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It's good that he got one of the lights working properly. That usually means finishing up is pretty easy in a case like this.
Where are the wires for the nonworking fixture located, relative to the end opposite the fixture?
Are you able to post photos here of all of the boxes he has wires in?
I understand. Would you like to continue this chat when you get home? For a very small additional fee, you can call me on the phone, for unlimited consultation. That would also include texting and emailing. Not trying to hit you with more fees or an upsale, just letting you know it's available.
Thank you for the additional information. I don't think the switch would be the problem, if it is properly controlling one of the two lights. Do you know if all of the wires from the lights run into the switch box?
OK, great. That makes it easy. So, there should be one set of black/white (ignoring ground wires) bringing live power TO the switch box. There should be two sets of black/white going from the switch box, one to each fixture. Is this accurate so far?
No worries. If the circuit breaker were turned off, would you feel comfortable trying various connections at the switch box?
Your husband would probably be blown away if he came home and found that you had finished the project. If you aren't comfortable with that, I understand.
No need to apologize. You aren't wasting my time at all. I'm happy to help, no matter how long it takes.
Also, we can continue the chat later, when you are home, if you like.
OK, that's good info. So, the power source goes to a light first, not to the switch first. In that case, we connect the white wire from the source directly to the fixture. We connect the black from the source to the white that goes down to the switch. We connect the black from the switch to the black on the fixture. Am I making sense so far?
He can call me directly if he wants to.
Let me review one of your previous posts. We are making progress, and we'll figure it out.
You posted - "There is power coming from source into the box of one of the 2 lights". No problem, we have plenty of time. There are no hurries here.
Do you know if he spliced the wires from the source to the wires that go down to the switch... black to black and white to white?
That's the correct way to wire it. White from the source is connected directly to the white on the fixture, correct?
And that fixture, that has the source white connected directly to it, is working properly, correct?
If we can get the "nonworking" (misbehaving) fixture's wires connected to the other fixture's wires, color for color (black to black and white to white), it should begin operating properly.
As for getting in touch with me tomorrow, you can just reply to this chat then. I'll most likely be Online at that time, and I'll be notified of your reply immediately. I'm not understanding how the wires to the second fixture are routed, unfortunately. But I really don't think it's a serious problem that is keeping it from working properly. If you guys would like to get back with me tomorrow evening, maybe you could post some pictures of the wiring?
Can we talk about that box for a minute?
It has the source wires in it, and the switch wires in it, correct?
Does it also have wires that extend or connect to the properly working fixture?
That means there is one more set of wires, which connects to the improperly working fixture. One end of those wires would be in said fixture. Where is the other end of those wires?
OK. Do you think your husband would be able to sketch out the wiring/fixtures, and post the sketch, along with associated photos tomorrow evening?
Happy to help. I'll look for your reply tomorrow. Have a blessed evening!