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Ceiling light install on RN 12/3 Ceiling Fan wire

I have a ceiling box installed by the builder that has  RN 12/3 in it  - RED, BLACK, WHITE and bare ground.

I bought the Home Depot ceiling light 701-704 and it has; BLACK, WHITE and bare ground.

My first step is always to turn off the power.  The bad news is no matter how I try I cannot get the light wired to work with the switch - I have tried WHITE to WHITE, and Black to Black and wirenutted the RED and connected the bare ground together . 

That did not work - so I tried the RED and BLACK to the fixture BLACK and that did not work.... 

 Any ideas on 4 wire to 3 wire connections?


 the Chore guy.

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Posted 2011-01-09T19:45:38+0000  by Chores4her Chores4her

Hi Chores4her,


I'd recommend that you consult a licensed electrician in your area, since electrical wiring work can be very dangerous and easy to mix up. We have some general guidance regarding electrical projects on the How-To section of our website. Feel free to click on the link below and see if your answer can be found there.


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

Tia, Community Moderator

Posted 2011-01-10T17:41:09+0000  by HomeDepotTia
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