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The old overhead light had one bulb, and it's a 1974 house. I matched black wires to black wires for the two bulbs, and the white wires to the white wires. The light goes on but does not go off when I flip the light switch down. Also, the old fixture had its black wire attached to a reddish/pink wire, and the white one was attached to the white. So, I tried one of the bulbs with black and black first (and black and black with the other). No go. Then I tried one bulb with black and red (and black and black on the other). Still no go.

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Are you replacing the whole fixture, or somehow adding on to it? Some pictures, and a diagram of how the original light was connected would be helpful. –  Tester101 Jun 12 '13 at 11:12
    
I was replacing the whole fixture. My father-in-law came over last night and couldn't figure it, either, so I caved and called an electrician. But thanks, Tester101. –  Brown369 Jun 12 '13 at 14:10
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