- Purchased a light and try to install by myself. The light does require a bulb. https://www.crateandbarrel.com/ivory-woven-rope-flushmount/s577632
- Previous owner removed her light in this room before we moved in.
- There is only one dimmer wall switch in this room.
Wires from light fixture with labels: Bare (ground?), Black (hot), White (netural), Green (ground). There is also a green screw on the bracket with label "GND".
Wires from ceiling (building): 4 colors: orange, red, blue, white/grey.
This is for ceiling light only. No fan.
It looks like I got 2 ground wires from the light fixture. The green wire and bare copper one. Which one should I use to connect to the green screw on the metal bracket? or should I connect both of them?
What are the 4 color wires from the ceiling representing?
How should I connect those ceiling wires to the lamp wires?
Thanks for any suggestions. The electrician quoted me $150 for this installation and I don't want to pay him to do the job. I can do it (with the help from this community!)
Update #1 12/9/2020 Used a GE LED A19 6W bulb
1st attempt: Connect orange from ceiling to black from light. The light wasn't working, but the wall switch has green light indicator. *I am very confuesd on this attempt why the light was not working but the wall switch seems working (but can't make the light on).
2nd attempt: Unable to connect blue from ceiling to black from light because the blue wire didn't have the bare copper show up, looks like previous owner never used the blue wire. The material of the blue wire is very tough and wasn't easy to cut as compare to the soft ones from the light.
3rd attempt: Connect red from ceiling to black from light, the light is working!!! however, I can't turn the light off, this is because the wall switch was not working (compared to first try, this time no green light indicator on the wall switch - see the picture).
The wall switch is a dimmable type. (Previous owner's light is dimmable before I moved in). I am not sure if this has anything to do with first attempt & third attempt that require a seperate wire in order to have the switch working. I tried to unscrew the wall switch but couldn't go further as it looks like mounted to the wall can't be removed.
Summary: As per the user @Harper-ReinstateMonica suggested, the orange wire should be the hot one to use. But there looks like compatibility issues with the dimmer switch, I used a GE LED A19 (6W), relatively small one (energetic daylight) and the bulb box says dimmable >.<, I will try a different bulb.
Update #2 12/10/2020 Used a GE LED BR30 10W bulb
- 4th attempt: Similar to 1st attempt (using orange wire as hot), this time used a GE LED BR30 10W bulb, when push the dimmer switch, the indicator is flashing green light, the bulb is lighting but very very dark. The switch CAN'T make it lighter, or I should say "not really controllable". (I thought the switch might be broken)
I finally manage to open the dimmer switch, turns out all three wires (red, orange, blue) are connected to the switch. So, the question comes, should I try the blue one? I have to strip it (it's weird if previous owner used the blue wire and cut the top portion when they removed the light).
Update #3 12/10/2020 used a GE 52W incandescent bulb
- 5th attempt: used a GE 52W incandescent bulb, everything worked out as expected! The dimmer wall switch is fine actually.
Update #4 12/13/2020 used a GE 52W incandescent bulb