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Justin860 03-03-2007 07:22 PM

How can I power this?
 
I have a 2' 2 light fluorescent commercial light that has one black and one white wire coming out of tha ballast, how can I power it? I would like to have it plug into a wal outlet if possible, thanks : )

troubleseeker 03-03-2007 07:52 PM

Simplest thing is to buy a 14ga extension cord long enough to reach your receptical (a decent "shop" cord not a lamp cord). Cut the female end off and discard, then strip the wires back. Remove the knockout in the light fixture and insert the appropriate cable clamp (commonly called romex connecter), then, using wire nuts, connect white/white, black/black, green to grounding screw on fixture . Support the cord with a few staples, and plug in.

Justin860 03-03-2007 08:00 PM

thank you so much : )

Justin860 03-03-2007 08:03 PM

ohh yeah one more thing, what is the grounding screw in the fixture?

joed 03-03-2007 08:04 PM

Check the ballast for voltage. If it is a commercial fixture it could be a 277 or 347 volt fixture.

Justin860 03-03-2007 08:06 PM

its 120V - 60 Hz

Justin860 03-03-2007 09:58 PM

also there are three wires in the extension cord i purchased, the middle wire is greena dn the other two are not colored... what do i do? and is there an alternative to wire connectors because my store was out of them : (

joed 03-04-2007 10:45 AM

Use a meter to find which wire is connected to the narrow spade. The narrow spade is the hot wire.

Justin860 03-04-2007 12:11 PM

yeah i found out which was hot and nuetral i jsut need to know if there is a special spot on the fixture or it can go in this spot which looks like the only possible spot for a screw? thanks for all your help guys : )

gregzoll 03-04-2007 12:14 PM

The ground would be the metal chassis of the fixture. If no green screw on it, pick anyplace that would allow you to attach a lug or spade which is crimped to the ground wire on the cord.


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