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Old 04-22-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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can't tell which wires is hot or netural


Hello! I am trying to hook up this antique pendant lamp and the cord it comes with has only 2 wires inside. They are both smooth and white, no stripes or ridges to tell which one is hot or neutral. And what should I do with the third one coming out from the ceiling? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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using a continuity tester, the hot should be the 'button' in the bottom of the lampholder, and the neutral the outer shell. ground should go to the box or mounting bracket

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Is this third wire bare copper. If so, that is your ground and you can screw it to the box. The antique fixtures never had grounds so it's not needed. And for lighting without black or white wires, use a tester for determining the hot(black)
wire to the button.

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And for lighting without black or white wires, doesn't matter what gets connected to what. Works either way.
Untill you accidently touch the exposed portion of the threaded socket...If that is wired to the hot side it makes a big difference
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If you want to get technical, you really shouldn't be installing the fixture unless it has a UL listing on it.
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Is this third wire bare copper. If so, that is your ground and you can screw it to the box. The antique fixtures never had grounds so it's not needed. And for lighting without black or white wires, doesn't matter what gets connected to what. Works either way.
Please don't post advice that is wrong. It DOES matter, even though it works.

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