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How To Safely Rewire a Light Fixture


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Tips for Rewiring Light Fixtures – Use the correct gauge wire that is UL Approved Lamp Cord. Make sure the polarity of the wire is correct, smooth side is hot, line side is neutral.

Rules For Safely Rewiring Light Fixtures

Electrical Question: We have a chandelier ceiling fixture that we are trying to rewire as a swag light.

Can you please advise us what to do.
Thanks

This electrical repair question came from: christen, a Tenant from Miami, FL

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Christen.
Christen – Holy Smokes! You really need to be careful when rewiring a light fixture.

Tips for Rewiring Light Fixtures

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

  1. Use the correct gauge wire that is UL Approved Lamp Cord.
  2. Make sure the polarity of the wire is correct, smooth side is hot, line side is neutral.
  3. Wring that is being installed through metal parts can get damaged due to small space, sharp areas and the soft wire insulation.
  4. Install a ground wire and bond it to the metal assembly areas.
  5. If in doubt take it to a light fixture shop or have an electrician rewire it for you.

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One Response to “How To Safely Rewire a Light Fixture”
  1. Linda says:

    The pendant lamp I am hanging swag style in my kitchen over the table came with a grounding wire…but there is no place to ground it to. It is suppose to go into a junction box in ceiling but I do not have that so have spliced the wires together using a kit from Home Depot. I have the kit wire plugged into an electrical outlet in the wall by the floor. So what am I suppose to attach that ground wire to? it is just loose right now and making me very nervous.