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I wanted to change the light fixture in my front closet. Simple enough task. I've done this sort of thing hundreds of times.

I turned off the circuit breaker. I took the old fixture off. However, I found that the wires were whole with only a small piece of the plastic/rubber covering peeled off from the center from each color. One wire was white and the other yellow. There are no ends to you would typically find. I thought it was odd but just went with it. I wrapped the white wire from the new fixture to the white wire in the ceiling and the black wire from the fixture to the yellow in the ceiling. Long story - short...When I turned on the electricity the circuit blew. Needless to say what i thought would work, didn't.

I hope all that makes sense. I have not idea how to resolve this, considering it should have been easy.wiring in ceiling. i taped the exposed partthis is the old fixturethe new fixture is on the right

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If the old fixture worked, Then you should be good if all is connected properly. When you say you "wrapped" the new wires onto the wire in the ceiling, I take it you mean just that, and perhaps taped them up (given the first picture) - I'm guessing they came untaped and shorted out when you put the fixture in place.

Cut and strip the wires in the ceiling, and use a correctly sized wirenut or other suitable wiring connector to connect them to the fixture wires.

  • What happened is the wires were stripped midway and wrapped around the fixture screws on the original fixture -- so yeah, he'll need to cut the wires and use wirenuts. – ThreePhaseEel Apr 6 '15 at 1:47
  • @ThreePhaseEel I understand what was done on the original fixture. It actually works fine for screw connections (though it's not generally accepted), but a cut, probably a restrip, and a wirenut is required to make it work for pigtails, which the new fixture has. – Ecnerwal Apr 6 '15 at 1:56

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