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Old 12-14-2012, 01:15 PM   #16
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Alright great. I'll hook everything back up the way it was and check it with the bulbs from the old working chandelier. Also just to be %100 safe it is ok if those two wires are mixed up and it appears that it's grounded ok right? Just don't want any safety hazards in my new home.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #17
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Not a big deal if the wires are mixed up----the lamp wire with the ridges is the neutral---and goes to the white wire--

Next trip to the store---buy a $4.00 neon tester---
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and it appears that it's grounded ok right?
Your fixture MIGHT be grounded IF the ceiling box is metal and is fed with metal conduit that runs all the way back to the panel. That "should" be the case, but may not be. Without a multimeter, you will not be able to confirm if the ceiling box is actually grounded or not.

Of course, you'll also need to connect the bare copper wire from the fixture, to the green screw I see in your fixture box.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #19
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So I bought a multimeter just to be safe. Now can anyone tell me how to use it to check if the ground screw is grounded properly or so I can tell which wire is neutral?
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Ok, put your meter in the Ohms mode.

With the breaker OFF, and the chandelier disconnected (it will throw off the results), touch one probe to the end of the white wire. Touch the other probe to the metal box.

If zero, or a tiny near-zero value is indicated, you're grounded. This will also confirm the white wire is neutral.

If a very large Ohms value is displayed, you are NOT grounded.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:56 PM   #24
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What was it? Bad bulbs or 220 volts?
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:05 PM   #25
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Definitely bad bulbs. Going to return them tonight.
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