I'm putting in an old chandalier. Two wires come out of the ceiling -- one
white, one black.
But the two wires coming out of the chandalier are both black -- one smooth
round, the other grooved.
I think the grooved black wire should go to the white wire in the ceiling,
but am not sure.
Any guidance appreciated.
Coming out of the chandalier doesn't really matter. Just a simplle light
circuit. It will work no matter how you wire it.
Kind of like an older lamp plug that could be inserted into an outlet both
ways. Newer chandaliers and fixtures will problably have black white and
Not true. The proper way to wire a chandelier is to wire the neutral to
the outside part of the socket (the screw part) and the hot to the center
I believe Speedy has identified the neutral correctly
It will *work* either way, but one way is to code and SAFER.
The "hot wire" goes to the black wire in the chandelier that
goes to the contact at the bottom of the lamp socket(s).
If you go to change a bulb with the switch "on" (not all that
hard to do) and you touch the threaded sleeve of the lamp
sockets, and happen to be grounded, you are getting zapped.
If wired correctly, you would need to poke your finger in all
the way to the bottom of the socket to get juiced. It *does*
matter for safety.
Baisez-les s'ils ne peuvent pas prendre une plaisanterie
On 18 Jul 2004 23:59:05 GMT, "I-zheet M'drurz"
I am reading this "upside down" so forgive the question.
I am getting from your description that your lamp connections ,as
a standard , are Edison Screw (ES down here).
As we use only BC (Bayonet Cap) for domestic lighting
reticulation hardware, I am wondering just why it is so up there
close to the North Pole?
Is there a particular reason to use ES?
At first glance it would seem BS is safer for the very reason you
quote a hazard exists when polarity is pharked up
for what you can offer,,thanks
Yes, you are correct; the "grooved" wire is the so-called "identified"
conductor and goes to the Neutral (White) side.
It's done so that the screw shell of all the lampholders is on
the Neutral (non-Hot) side thus minimizing the chance of a shock
when changing bulbs.
This is the way it is supposed to be BUT I have found that in rewired
chandeliers I have seen, the person doing the rewiring was often not
particular as to which wire went to which connection on the socket. If this
is a factory wired chandelier, Speedy is undoubtedly correct. If it is has
been hand rewired, however, you might want to check using a continuity
tester whether the grooved wire is indeed connected to the outside shell of
all of your sockets. If not, those connections should be changed.
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