Step 2: Wire the Socket

wiring a light socket to a brass housing
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Strip ½ inch of insulation from each wire to reveal bare copper. Wind the neutral wire clockwise around the socket's silver screw and the hot wire around the brass screw. Tighten the screws, and fit the brass housing over the socket.
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