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Old 06-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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I am trying to install a new ceiling light in my upstairs hallway. The light (made by a company out of business with an instruction manual in a 2 font) has two black wires and no white wire. One black wire has lines on it (is that considered ridged?). The other black wire has small words printed on it in white.

I hooked the lined black wire to the white wire and the black wire with small words to the black wire from the outlet box. The light works fine, but is that correct?

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Should be fine. The ridged wire is the neutral.

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Hi -

I am trying to install a new ceiling light in my upstairs hallway. The light (made by a company out of business with an instruction manual in a 2 font) has two black wires and no white wire. One black wire has lines on it (is that considered ridged?). The other black wire has small words printed on it in white.

I hooked the lined black wire to the white wire and the black wire with small words to the black wire from the outlet box. The light works fine, but is that correct?
You should probably use a meter to check which wire is connected to which contact in the socket. The center contact in the socket is the "black" (hot) wire. The other would be the "white" (neutral). There should be close to 0-ohms resistance between one contact and one wire, and "open line" between that same contact and the opposite wire.

Better to figure this out by measuring... the light works with it reversed, but if the hot/neutral are reversed you run the risk of energizing the chassis if it's an older fixture or something goes wrong w/ the socket.
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What is the official name of the meter? ie - If i were to look it up on amazon, what's the full name?
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