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

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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,

David

Answer
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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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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