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Second there are two ways power can come to the fixture, one is the power comes to the fixture. I believe this is what you have. If this is the case you will likely have 2 sets of wires each will have a white a black and a ground wire. Likeley I would guess somebody pigtailed one of the black wires and made it white so you may have had 3 white, 1 black and two grounds to hook to a black a whit and a green on the fixture.
OK, O have a feeling I know what happened. First you don’t need an electrician, just be smart around your wires.
Turn all the power off and use a meter on ‘continuity’ or ‘resistance’ or an omega symbol to test each cable. When you flick the switch the reading will change on the cable which goes to the switch. Then put the red of that cable with the reds of the other cables in a separate connector. Some fittings provide an extra terminal for this. The switched black then goes into the live terminal of the fitting. Use tape or sleeving to tell future people that this black isn’t neutral. Then put the remaining blacks into the neutral terminal.
Sound like one of two possibilities to me. Either your switch is defective or you have tied the hot with and your switch leg together somewhere that is causing the light bulb to always be on. Turn your electrical power off and if you can identify the circuit breaker that feeds that particular area or room so much the better. You will only have to turn that one circuit breaker off. Then unfasten the switch plate and remove it, Unfasten the switch from its mounting and pull it outward without breaking any of the wires. Separate all wires from the pole connections and remove the switch completely. make sure your neutral wires are away from any black, hot , or switch leg wires. Cap off all wires and turn your circuit breaker on again or power back on. If the light bulb is out then your problem is definitely located in the switch box area. buy a new switch, they should be fairly inexpensive. You will notice the switch has two poles or two screws to fasten wires to. Take one black wire and connect to to one screw, tighten that screw and take the other wire and fasten to the switch in like manner. Your light bulb should still be out. hopefully you have remembered to keep the power off all the time you are working with any wires, Its a very good idea if you wear some kind of rubber gloves even dish washing gloves are better than nothing an inexpensive. Once you are sure you have remade all of your connections turn the power back one then test to see if your switch will perform normally to turn the light on and off. If so cut your power off again and mount everything back into the switch box and install your switch cover, reset your power and retest your switch, that should do it. Other than that i would recommend you call an electrician to solve your problem for you.
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If you connected black to black and white to white at the fixture and grounded the fixture properly, then the switch must have gone bad. The light works, so there is really no other possibility. A switch is nothing more than an interrupter in the power to whatever it is serving, so if you didn’t disconnect anything at the switch, there is no other reason the light will not turn off when you throw the switch. If you are replacing the switch make sure the breaker to that circuit is in the off position and always double check any exposed wires for power with a tester to make certain everything is dead. Breakers fail occasionally as well as any other electrical device. Never ASSUME anything when working with electricity. I am not an electrician but have done enough wiring and inspected enough wiring over the years to be confident in this answer.
It’s hard without certain ‘it depends’ questions like what country you’re in, how many wires are at the fitting etc. And you should get someone who knows what they’re looking at anyway.
This would produce a light that is always on and a switch that doesn’t work
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Do youself a favour and hire in an actual licensed electrician and get the situation rectified.
Otherwise, replace the light switch. They go bad, too, after years of operating.
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You are obviously not an electrician but I am and in fact have been a licenses Electrical contractor. Here is what I think. you have not crossed two wires otherwise you would be experiencing a short and you would know it if you were.
The fact that the switch doesn’t go bang when you switch it makes me think at least you haven’t just shoved all the matching colours together.
I would suggest hiring a “real [licensed] electrician” to remedy the malfunction you have created before you seriously injure yourself, injure someone else, kill someone, or cause a greater issue & find yourself residing at the area Motel 6. Paying a few dollar’s to “insure“ the fixture is properly installed is better than the possible alternative’s you may experience because you’ve done it wrong.
By the way, if thr fixture could go where a fan and light combo go there are instructions that basically say to do what you did with the fan part of thr circuit. This way you can control the fan (always powered) with the pull and the light with the switch.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you *didn’t* successfully install the new light fixture then. Had it been a successful operation the light fixture would be working properly.
This does not qualify as a successful installation now does it?
Was everything rewired correctly in the swap? You might need to verify the “hot” side of the wires coming into the light to make sure they’re correct.
Any electrical component is part of the whole electrical system. It is affected by its power source, may cause feedback or grounding issues to the entire system, may trip a breaker, or may catch fire and burn the place to ashes.
I’m going to say red and black here but translate that on the basis that one of the following columns will apply to you