Here's what it looks like:
From your photo and your description it is still not clear (to me) what is going on.The AC outlet in my ceiling above where my chandelier hangs is going bad. I need to replace it. But I can't get to it! The mounting bar that supports my chandelier blocks me from getting to it. It's a small space. The geniuses that designed this made it so I can't just unscrew the mounting bar either. It's pretty much fixed in there. Seems ridiculous to have to tear parts of my ceiling out just to replace a little AC outlet. It seems even more ridiculous to give up and settle with a chandelier that I can't use. There must be an easier way around this. Any suggestions?
The white cord has prongs on one end, and two split wires on the other. You plug it into the AC outlet/socket in the ceiling then splice the two chandelier wires with it.From your photo and your description it is still not clear (to me) what is going on.
You stated "The AC outlet in my ceiling above where my chandelier hangs is going bad. I need to replace it. "
From the photo, I can see two "figure 8" pairs - one white and one clear - plus a bare copper earth wire going somewhere, but these do not appear to be going to that which you describe as "The AC Outlet". ( Is this [cylindrical] "AC outlet" an Edison screw socket and is it in use - since a bare copper earth wire could not connect to such a fitting? )
Your AC outlet looks like a socket on another light fixture. This is a hack installation and the only remedy to correct it may be to take everything apart and start over.Here's what it looks like:
That's a great idea! I'll give that a try.You can hook up the new chandelier to the old wires in the same way the old chandelier was hooked up.
I suspect this will be what ends up happening. I'm doubtful that I can access the wires in the ceiling but it is worth a shot. The receptacle is definitely out of reach.If you can't access the old wires up in the ceiling you have no choices other than to fish a new cable up from the panel or to tear open the ceiling more.
It looks like it in this picture, but it is a receptacle for a two pronged plug.Your AC outlet looks like a socket on another light fixture. This is a hack installation and the only remedy to correct it may be to take everything apart and start over.l
The receptacle could be an adapter shaped like a screw in fuse that screws into an ordinary (Edison medium) lamp socket.... looks like a socket on another light fixture ...
I surmise that there is an old recessed light fixture above the medallion. Rather than remove it and install a regular electrical box, a medallion was used to cover it up. Then a screw-in adapter was put in the old light fixture's socket and a plug was put on to connect the new chandelier.It looks like it in this picture, but it is a receptacle for a two pronged plug.
I was thinking that whoever put this together did a poor job since they made it near impossible to access this receptacle. You agree?