enter image description hereI have 5 wires out of my ceiling from an old light fixtures. I don’t know how it was wired and I’m trying to wire a new fixture in. Can someone help?

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    Start out by posting some pictures of the ceiling box, fixture and switch box so we can see what you see.
    – JACK
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 0:45
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    We can't help without some pictures and maybe colours of the wires. If you check the switch wires when you have the breaker off that will help also. It will be probably be simple to help you if you can provide the extra information.
    – crip659
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 0:45
  • There’s 5 wires with a cloth like insulation 2 are coming out of one side and 3 from the other side there is a switch that controls this fixture which wires do I but together to put up the new black abs whit and copper wire fixture?
    – Jeannie
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 0:56
  • Use Electrical Tester Pen, to find the hot wire. Do not use those contactless tester types. You probably have only one hot wire. That looks like serial wiring. Two come in, two go to next box, one is ground. you can try the hot wire with any of other 3 except ground to connect to a light bulb.
    – Traveler
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 4:11
  • I would guess, the one on the right and the second one from th left were connected together. The one all the way to the left and the center-left one are connected to the fixture. I assume the longest one is ground.
    – Traveler
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 4:44


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