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I am in the middle of removing one light to replace another so if this has already been posted, I apologize.

I took down the track lighting with traditional 3 wires: hot, neutral and ground. The light I want to replace is older. When I looked it takes 4 - 25 watt bulbs. But it only has 2 black wires.

My question is this: do I connect black to black, black to the existing white (and naturally I will ground it)?

Thanks so much in advance.
 

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Look on the fixture for a name and model number.
Google for specs and install instructions.

Do NOT install it until you know what you have.
There is no model number. Only the words "issue 778124" Made in China (of course). I Googled and nothing came up.

Attached is a picture. This looks like the standard brass fixture Home Depot used to sell.
 

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Most likely you have a 120V fixture with your black hot going to one of the wires and White neutral going to the other. Most likely.

Look at the two blacks closely. from your pic, they look like they are kind of attached together along their length. And you should be able to pull them apart like they are at the ends. The outer wire insulation of one of those black wires should be slightly ribbed. not talking about ribbed along the seam where they were joined. The other black wire should be smooth. the ribbed wire should be your neutral connection.

Another way to verify your voltage requirements is what TYPE of lamp is used. You said 25W. that's only the wattage and not the type. Neon? Fluorescent? Incandescent? Halogen? LED?

What is the lamp connection style? Screw in? Push and turn? Spring loaded?

Are there any electronics inside the fixture?
 

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Most likely you have a 120V fixture with your black hot going to one of the wires and White neutral going to the other. Most likely.

Look at the two blacks closely. from your pic, they look like they are kind of attached together along their length. And you should be able to pull them apart like they are at the ends. The outer wire insulation of one of those black wires should be slightly ribbed. not talking about ribbed along the seam where they were joined. The other black wire should be smooth. the ribbed wire should be your neutral connection.

Another way to verify your voltage requirements is what TYPE of lamp is used. You said 25W. that's only the wattage and not the type. Neon? Fluorescent? Incandescent? Halogen? LED?

What is the lamp connection style? Screw in? Push and turn? Spring loaded?

Are there any electronics inside the fixture?
Dear Parman:
Thank you for being so precise in your description. I understood it perfectly.

The light bulb requirement is for 4 - 25w max screw in bulbs(incandescescent). The black wire coming out looks like a regular extension cord but with my strong reading glasses I noticed faint white writing on one and it is smooth. The other one has a ridge on the side (and yes, I did notice the separate ridge where the 2 wires were pulled apart).

So based on your description, the ribbed one is NEUTRAL. The smooth one with white writing is HOT. Is that correct?
 
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