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How do you wire a light fixture if from a light fixture that was already there and I have a white wire with smaller wires inside to use to install. The 2 wires are black, and one white wire. Why isn't there a red wire?

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You only need a white and black (green maybe for ground). A red or other colors are there for auxiliary functions like a fan. Can you give a better description or picture? –  DMoore May 3 '13 at 23:02
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It's difficult to understand what you're talking about, please consider editing the question to be more clear. –  Tester101 May 6 '13 at 12:30
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I am taking an educated guess that might change if I get more info. If everything was working before...

  • take the smaller wires off of the white wire and connect your white light fixture wire to it
  • connect your black light fixture wire to both black wires - twist them all together
  • if your light fixture has a red wire it goes with the black - if it is meant to do a different function (like control a fan) - then you need to run an extra wire up to it for that (12/3 - which has black, white, ground-nothing, and red).
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