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Old 06-28-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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I just purchased a ceiling fixture online. I have successfully installed many for myself. The problem is that the wire coming out of the fixture is clear--can't tell which side is black/white. The directions say to contact an electrician if I can't tell. I don't want to pay an electrician for something I can easily do. Was this fixture made wrong? I've never seen this before. It's more like a wire that plugs into a socket, but withour the plug! Help, please.
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I just purchased a ceiling fixture online. I have successfully installed many for myself. The problem is that the wire coming out of the fixture is clear--can't tell which side is black/white. The directions say to contact an electrician if I can't tell. I don't want to pay an electrician for something I can easily do. Was this fixture made wrong? I've never seen this before. It's more like a wire that plugs into a socket, but withour the plug! Help, please.
Look and feel the wire closely. One side should have a ribbing, that is the "white" side. Does the fixture also contain the ground wire?
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It is possible that the conductors inside the insulation are the correct colors. Silver would be the neutral or white connection.
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