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Old 01-29-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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Hi there,

A while ago, I removed an ugly old chandelier that came with my apartment and wired a nice one. I am now moving and need to put back the old one and the old one has a "see through" golden colour cord with copper looking wire coming out of it. I can't figure out which is the white and which is the black, it seem that one side has little ribs on the cable and the other is smooth. I did so much research and can't figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Ribbed neutral(white), smooth hot(smooth).<<<<oops, meant black

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Thanks a bunch, it worked perfectly!
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Thanks a bunch, it worked perfectly!
Are you sure. It would work perfectly even if the wiring is wrong. The neutral must go to the threaded shells of the sockets and the black "hot" must go to the tab down in the middle of the socket. It will work either way, but if wired backwards the shell will be hot and that is not good.
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Hi, well it seem to work fine, I had a modern light that I instaled myself there about 6 years ago, since it is a new light, it has a black and a white cable, so I wired the white with white and black and black (ground with ground). It's been like that for about 6 or 7 years and it worked just fine. Now I am moving and I had to put back the old one, so I just needed to know which was which on the old light...

I thought if you wire backward it would spark or short circuit, I did it once and I had a spark with a little fire, nothing big but enough to scare the ... out of me...
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I thought if you wire backward it would spark or short circuit
No, with AC power it's often difficult to tell when someone reversed the wires, since stuff mostly still works. But it can create latent hazards for electrical shock down the line.
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No, with AC power it's often difficult to tell when someone reversed the wires, since stuff mostly still works. But it can create latent hazards for electrical shock down the line.
Some AC devices are sensitive to reverse polarity and will not engage if wired wrong, i.e. some Nautral gas furnaces.

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