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dschultz91
Need help with old wiring

Hi, I am doing some home renovations and I am replacing a fluorescent ceiling fixture with a much smaller halogen fixture. When I removed the fluorescent fixture the wiring was not like something I have previously encountered. It was much older than what I have seen before. I should note that the frame from the fluorescent where the wiring runs through is still up. Anyway on one side there are two fabric covered wires coming out one covered in white with black “spots” and the other white with red “spots” One more wire coming from the other side is solid black. Which ones are my neutral, hot and ground and do I need to connect them differently to the newer halogen fixture because of how old they are?

I should also note that there is a wire coming out of the side with the other two colored wires and it connects in the middle of the fixture with another wire coming out of the side with a black wire.
Also the house was built in 1918

Thanks for your help!!!

Re: Need help with old wiring
dschultz91 wrote:

Hi, I am doing some home renovations and I am replacing a fluorescent ceiling fixture with a much smaller halogen fixture. When I removed the fluorescent fixture the wiring was not like something I have previously encountered. It was much older than what I have seen before. I should note that the frame from the fluorescent where the wiring runs through is still up. Anyway on one side there are two fabric covered wires coming out one covered in white with black “spots” and the other white with red “spots” One more wire coming from the other side is solid black. Which ones are my neutral, hot and ground and do I need to connect them differently to the newer halogen fixture because of how old they are?

Thanks for your help!!!

What country are you in?

dschultz91
Re: Need help with old wiring

United States, Wi

Re: Need help with old wiring

That that you have so many individuals wires coming from different directions suggest it may be knob and tube, but cant say i ever saw polka dots on knob and tube, probably gonna need some pics to get specific.

dschultz91
Re: Need help with old wiring

ok i will try to get some on tonight already

dschultz91
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Pictures of what I'm talking about

dschultz91
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more pictures

JLMCDANIEL
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Can you see where the 2 cables go? How were the wires connected to the old fixture?
Jack

Re: Need help with old wiring

looks like theres another fixture near by being fed off the other conductor, i'm guessing.

dschultz91
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o yes that makes perfect sense there are 3 more fixtures just like it on the same breaker. So should i leave the one running through the fixture how it is? which is my hot my ground and my neutral?

Re: Need help with old wiring

that would work but considering the condition and lack of equipment ground this could be a good oportunity to replace it while the framing is open.

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