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After looking through some other posts here about switch loops, I don't think that's the situation I have here. When I pulled off the old light fixture for the kitchen (dual bulb), it had the white wires from the fixture connected to a single black wire, and the black wires of the fixture were connected to three white wires that were wrapped together.

Should I wire up my new led fixture the same way, or was this wrong to begin with and I should reverse it?

In the picture you can see a red cap that has a few black wires from elsewhere in the room, and a single white wire that mates up with the black one that was connected to the fixture.

picture of the old light fixture wired in.

  • I just tested with my volt meter is the black has 115V to ground while the white has nothing, so I'm leaning towards this was wired backwards? – Jeremy Sayers Jun 27 at 21:41
  • You are correct then that is was hooked up backwards. Wire your new fixture black to black and white to white. If your new fixture has a ground wire, hook it up to the bare copper wire in the box. Type your comment up as an answer since you tested the wires and solved your problem. – JACK Jun 27 at 22:00
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The fixture was in fact wired up backwards before. After some more searching I found out that by measuring the voltage from each wire to ground I could determine which one was hot. The black wire read 115V to ground so I went with black to black and white to white and it works!

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