How to Properly Connect Light Fixture Wiring
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Guide to Light Fixture Wiring: The Key to Wiring Connections when Installing Light Fixtures
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Guide to Light Fixture Wiring
Should I connect the white wire from the fixture to the other 4 white wires and the black wire from the fixture to the red wire?
This home electrical question came from: Rod, a Homeowner from Saskatoon, Canada.
Thanks for your home electrical wiring question Rod.
How to Fix Light Fixture Wiring Problems
- Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
- Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester or Voltage Tracer.
- Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling light fixture(s).
- Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the electrical wires.
- Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring and making electrical wiring connections should be done according to local and national electrical codes and may require a permit and inspection.
The Key to Wiring Connections when Installing Light Fixtures
- When there are multiple wires in the light fixture junction box or at the light switch box then the wiring must be identified using a voltage tester.
- In situations like this a “white wire” may not be used ans a neutral wire, but it might actually be used for switching the hot side of the circuit.
- The key is to identify the circuit wiring and understand what each wire is used for in order to achieve the correct wiring configuration.
- If you do not have an understanding of electrical circuit wiring and practical experience of wiring a home then this may be very difficult to understand and it is always best to locate a licensed electrical contractor who can make the required voltage tests and make the electrical wiring connections to get your light fixture working properly.
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