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pulpitt
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

Almost forgot... thanks in advance!

Anonymous (not verified)
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

No.

With the exception of the ground wire which should be connected to the metal box that the light mounts on.

kentvw
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

I can tell you what "should" be but I can't see it from my office so I can't tell you what "is".

Ready?

Okay, on the lamp socket the shell, the threaded part of the socket should be the white or neutral and the little tab in the bottom of the socket should be the hot or black/colored wire. On your cord you should find writing and/or a rib on only one of the pair of wires and this should be connected to the neutral or white wire.

A simple continuity tester would tell you a lot if you remember that the socket shell should be the neutral/white.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

What Kentvw said is correct. When you use a continuity checker to find out which wire is connected to the center button in the socket wrap some black tape around it so you'll know the next time.
Jack

pulpitt
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

If I knew what a "continuity checker" was for I probably wouldn't have been looking for the answer on here... yikes, now I AM confused. Thanks anyway...

pulpitt
Grammar was bad ?

If I knew what a "continuity checker" was for, I probably wouldn't have been looking for the answer on here... yikes, now I AM confused. Thanks anyway...:o

canuk
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?
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[COLOR=#4b0082]QUESTION: Does it matter which wire on my USED light gets the black, white,
[/COLOR]

For the light to work it doesn't matter which wire goes to which ... the light will work.

[COLOR=black]For the proper safe way ....the gold colored wire with the rib or writing will connect to the white wire in the electrical box.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]The other gold wire from the light will be connected to the black wire in the electrical box.

Hopefully that helps.:)

Oops ... large font ... looks different eh?[/COLOR]

pulpitt
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

ck

Upon further review... I thought I'd investigate a little furth... there was some electricians tape wrapped at the base where the wires go into the actual "base" or whatever you call it. Thought I'd take a picture of the light... maybe you'll understand... as I started to say... I noticed there is some darkness on a wire like it was getting hot... wonder if it's even safe to hang now? Although, that's probably why they had all that electricians tape.

I'm all ears, or EYES...:confused:

bp21901
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

Some questions to see if I'm understanding this correctly. Are there 3 wires in the ceiling you have to choose from, a red, black and white? Are there 2 wall switches that control this light or one?

By the way, we had a couple of hanging light fixtures that had what looks like the same type of wire. They also became "burnt" looking and I changed out the cheapo stranded lamp wire for solid 14 awg wire.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Hanging a LIGHT - with no red, black or white wires?

From the looks of the pictures I would say that it needs a rewiring it looks like some of the insulation is chared.
A continuity test can be picked up at almost any hardware store, usually less than $10. It generally looks like a pointed screwdriver with a wire coming out of the handle with a clip on the end of the wire. Inside the handle is a light and a battery, if you touch the clip on the wire to the pointed blade the light is on which means the battery good . You would attach the clip on one of the two wires of the lamp, you would then touch the outer threaded part of the light socket, if the tester lights the wire should be considered the common or white wire. If the tester did not light touch the tester to the center button down inside the light socket. If the tester then lights that means you are connected to the hot or black wire. If the tester doesn't light at all that means you have an open circuit or broken wire.
Jack

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