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If your light is not working try removing it and connecting a pig tail socket and lamp. Connect the black wire to the black and the white to the white. Then try the switch. If the light dosn't turn on then you need to replace switch. You need to turn off the breaker or remove the fuse powering that switch first. remove the wires from switch, and put wires back at the same screws on the new switch.

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With the power off, make sure the connections are correct and tight. Check the fuse/circuit breaker and switch in that order.

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Test each light separately.
Black Hot wire arrives at one screw on the switch. The Hot black wire going to Lights connects to other screw on the switch.
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The wiring on most paddle / ceiling fans id such:

White = Fan and Light neutral or "common"
Black = Fan line voltage or "hot"
Blue = Light line voltage or "hot"
Green = safety ground

If you are replacing an existing light fixture - be sure to replace the ceiling box with one designed for use with a fan - as per electrical code. If the existing box had only 2 wires (or 3 counting the ground) that connected to the old light fixture and it was controlled from a wall switch, the wiring would be fixture white to ceiling white, fixture black and fixture blue to ceiling black (or red) and fixture green to ceiling bare ground or connected to the metal box. This would power both the fan and light whenever the wall switch was on and the pull chains for each were also on. This is also the preferred wiring for replacement of a pull chain type light fixture (no wall switch present).

If there are other wires in the box that previously were not connected to the old light fixture, using a meter or tester - determine if there is constant power between the ceiling white wire and any of the these other wires (test with the wall switch on and off to be sure). If you do have constant power available, you might consider using the wall switch to control only the light, and using the pull chain to operate the fan (or vice-versa). Simply connect the black (for fan) or the blue (for light) to the "constant power on" wire and that part of the fixture will work by pull chain only - regardless of the wall switch position. If the fan can be shut off by the wall switch, it is very important that the wall switch remain a toggle (or on / off switch), do NOT replace with a dimmer type switch.

If you'd prefer to operate the fan and light completely independently of each other - you can purchase a 3rd party fan & light remote control device for between $30 - $50.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply. Thanks!

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We have a leviton dimmer and are installing a new fixture. When we connect the fixture, the light comes on and stays on. The switch does not work at all, but the power is reaching the fixture. The...


HI,
Usually there is only a red wire when there are 2 switches for the same light (a 3way) if that is the case you need a switch that is a 3 way, there are some 3 way dimmers. But you do need to replace both switches.
The other thing may be at the light fiture end. If the red wire is in there it should be connected to a black wire, which should only be connected to each other, that way the curcuit is broken.
or to say one white wire is connect to the light, a black wire connected to the red,(taking power to the switch) a black wire is returning from the light switch is connected to the light. (if it is a 3 way its different...)
Confused... 1st confirm if its a 3 way, second confirm if there is a red wire at the light fixture, from there I can guide you more.

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Try wiring a "Three-Way" switch as follows

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Option 1. Fixture Controlled by Two Switches: Power Through a Switch Box
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My first response would be to seek help from an electrician or someone qualified to perform this work.
If you are going to attempt it, you will need the following items:
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Disconnect power at breaker to your source.
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First, let me say that if you're not entirely comfortable doing high voltage electrical work, you might want to call an electrician. It's not impossible for you to get hurt or killed or burn down your house. At least be sure to turn of the circuit breaker while you're working on it.

The blacks and whites twisted together are passing through power to other parts of your premises and are always on, so be sure to keep them twisted together. The red is the one that will take power from your light switch and send it to your light fixture.

At the fixture, connect the white to white and red to black, the same as before. At the light switch, connect the black to one side of the switch and the red to the other. When you turn on the switch, it will permit power from the black to travel down the red to the fixture, and from the fixture, the circuit will be completed through the white.

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