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I am trying to replace a light fixture. There are 5 wires (6…

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I am trying to replace a light fixture. There are 5 wires (6 including the ground wire) coming out of the fixture, 2 black braided together, 2 white braided together and a pink wire. The light has 2 wires. How do I connect them?
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Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
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Welcome. My name is ***** ***** would be glad to assist.If you can please remove the switch cover for the light, then look on the switch and see the 2 wires connected.Verify that the red or pink wire is attached to the switch.If you see it attached, then at the ceiling the white on the fixture will connect to the 2 whites, just add your fixture white to BOTH of them'Then connect the fixture black wire to the red/pink wire in the ceiling.The 2 blacks together are most likely a constant hot and not for alight fixture connection on a switch. Let me know anything found different or anything further needed, just reply.Thanks
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Hi - I did veriify that the pink wire is connected to the switch and followed your instructions, but it did not work.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok,Was it working prior to now with the old light fixture?With the wire on the switch, that is the correct wire in the ceiling.Do you have a 2 lead voltage tester?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
The fixture was working. I will go and get a voltage tester. I can't tell which wire is black and white with the fixture, so have tried both ways.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok,Not understanding the information.Is this a special fixture or something?Fixtures are required to have black and white wires, yours has what?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Both wires are white coming from the fixture. It's just a regular fixture.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
How many bulbs does the fixture use?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
One.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok,Something is odd with 2 white wires. Never in 42 years come across a fixture with only those wires.Is there a manufacturer label on the fixture?Can you post a picture?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
One wire is ribbed, the other is smooth.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok, thanks.That is a chain hung fixture and they have different requirements.Wires can be the same color, and sometimes almost clear.But the sides determines the wiringThe ribbed or ridge side connects to the white wire in the ceiling.The smooth side is always connected to the hot wire which is the red wire.
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok. Will give that a shot. I have a digital multimeter, but I have no idea how it works.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok,If it has a dial for the settings, you set it for the ACV or the squiggly line voltageSomewhere in the 200 volt rangeOne lead to the whites and one to the red will show about 120 volts in the ceiling.If not, the switch may be bad
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
There are 4 plugs on the reader
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
One should be COM and the other V for the test leads.
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I got a 121.2 reading.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Will try to reconnect fixture again.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok, voltage appears to be good.How about the bulb? maybe it blew?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Tried a different bulb. Still no luck.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Maybe its the fixture.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Ok,Be careful when doing anything inside the socket with power on. Look inside the socket and see if the metal tab in the center is pushed down and not making contact with the bulb perhaps.I have seen many bulbs also, that do not have enough solder on the tip to make contact.If you are very careful, you can touch one lead to the center tab in the bulb socket, the other lead would touch the threaded shell That would verify 120 volts in the bulb socket, maybe the connection on the socket is broken on the top
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
What do you mean by threaded shell?
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Is this not a screw in light bulb?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Yes, sorry. I was confused.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 3 years ago
Thats fine, I do understand.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sorry for the late reply. We were moving the day after the question was posed. It was the fixture that was the issue.
Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 2 years ago
Ok, very good. Glad to hear all is well now.
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