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Electrical Wiring in the Home/adding ceiling light to family room w/a switched receptable (n0 existing wires)


Hello Bob
I wish to add a chandelier in the family room no wires on the
ceiling just 2 switched receptable that control the box where was plugged a lamp.I oppened the box and I saw 2 white wires
2 black wires 1 red wire and the ground wire.
I ran a cable NM14/2 to the ceiling and directly long the wall to the box. Could you please help me to find how to connect to the box,Do I need to change the cable and use NM12/3 with the red
wire? Your reply is greatly appreciated thank you,


Most likely (if the electrician followed standard wiring), the red wire and the white wire would give you a switched line.  The black wire and the white wire would give you a line that is on all the time.

So, if you want the light on the switch, connect white to white; and black going to the fixture to the red wire in the box.  grounds to grounds.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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