I'm replacing a ceiling fan with a regular light fixture. The fan was connected with black to black, white to white, and a red wire to a blue wire in the ceiling fan. When I connect the new fixture, just a plain two bulb light fixture, black to black white to white and cap the red the light will not shut off from the wall switch. There was no ground from the fan fixture, but there is from the new one which I connected to the ground on the mounting bracket. So I expect the red wire runs to the switch, but how do I connect it to the light fixture - which wire connects to which wire? Red to black and cap off the black (there are two coming down) to each other in the ceiling? and white to white?

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    Can you post photos of the insides of the boxes involved? Jan 21, 2018 at 23:09
  • the walk switch has a black and a red wire attached to it
    – Robin
    Jan 21, 2018 at 23:25
  • A picture's worth a thousand words here... Jan 21, 2018 at 23:29
  • I can't figure out how to post a pic here
    – Robin
    Jan 21, 2018 at 23:33
  • Post it to imgur and post a link to it in a comment -- then we can edit it in from there Jan 21, 2018 at 23:36

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... it was supposed to be a comment but I don't have enough rep to do that.

It looks like you have connected the 'live' of the former fan (that almost surely was turned on by pulling a cord) to the 'bulb' cable.

My suggestion is open the wall switch and taking note of colours: you have to connect to the light fixture the cable of the same color as the one coming from the switch

... my guess is that red was coming from the switch and black was the fan's 'live'. so just swap back with red and all should work (at worst the light won't lit)

PS: remember to insulate the unused cable

EDIT: my guess was right: black is the live (from brakers) and red is the swiched line. swap black cable (on the fixture) with the red one and your issue willbe solved

SO: White: neutral (common)

Black: Live (uninterrupted) - not to be connected for lighting

Red: Live (interrupted by the switch)

  • So to make sure I understand you. When installing the new two bulb fixture, I attach the white to white, and black from the light to the red in the ceiling, and cap off the black in the ceiling ?
    – Robin
    Jan 21, 2018 at 23:35
  • Yes: you should do that way
    – DDS
    Jan 21, 2018 at 23:38
  • You're welcome (please if worked set my answer as solution with the 'tick') or, at least, a vote 'up'
    – DDS
    Jan 21, 2018 at 23:40
  • DDS thank you. It worked the way you proposed.
    – Robin
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:12

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