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I would like electrical advice for a ceiling light fixture,

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I would like electrical advice for a ceiling light fixture

Contractor's Assistant: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?

1960s and no

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Electrical
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Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I need to know which wire to connect to which for the following:In the basement living room ceiling, there are three electrical boxes. The one farthest from the breaker just has a black and a white wire, which I connected successfully to the light fixture.But the other two boxes have two cables feeding into the box, each with one white and one black wire (i.e., a total of 4 wires).If I connect black to white and white to black in the ceiling wires the lights all work (i.e., without the new light fixtures. But I need to install new light fixtures on the two empty boxes.Each of the new light fixtures have a white and a black wire. Can you help me figure out how to connect all the wires?
Thank you
Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

Thanks for the reply.

The proper way to connect the boxes with 2 cables (4 wires) is to connect all whites (these are neutrals) in each box to the ehite on the fixture. Then connect all blacks to the black on the fixture.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

Thanks for the reply.

The proper way to connect the boxes with 2 cables (4 wires) is to connect all whites (these are neutrals) in each box to the white on the fixture. Then connect all blacks to the black on the fixture.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

Your picture shows two White's connected together and two blacks connected together. That is correct so far. Add the white from the fixture to the whites then the black from the fixture to the blacks

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thanks for the response. That doesn't seem to complete the circuit. Is there another solution that may work?
Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

What I shared is the correct method if the wiring was installed properly.

Can you please explain what you mean that it does not seem to complete the circuit?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Well, when I connect the new light fixture wires to both blacks, the light will not work
Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

Is this controlled by a single wall switch?

Do you have a multimeter?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I believe it's a three way switchI do not have a multimeter
Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

OK, were the 3-way switches working with the old fixtures?

If so, if nothing has changed but the fixtures, if you will install new fixtures per above, they will be wired correctly and will work.

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Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

Just checking in, how is it going with the new fixtures? ?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Still no luck.I'm going to try connecting both and see what happens
Electrician: ProGrade, Certified Electrical Contractor replied 9 months ago

OK, just let me know how it goes and if you have any questions along the way.

Thank you

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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 9 months ago
Mike G.
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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. I see the fixture is a track light. You need to check to verify that the wired connector is installed correctly. One side has 2 tracks and the other one track. The connector needs to match and make the fixture live. Let me know if that was the problem.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
both sides of the connector are touching the track
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Any other ideas on what it might be?
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 9 months ago

With your multimeter test black to white for 120V. Then test black to ground, white to ground. Let me know what you found. We

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Will do it tmrw and get back to you
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 9 months ago

Very good.

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