Identifying Light Fixture Wiring
How to Test Light Fixture Electrical Wiring Connections – It is best to identify the wiring using a voltage tester because of the different methods used for wiring light fixtures.
Testing Light Fixture Wiring for Connections
Electrical Question: I am replacing a light fixture. While taking down the existing light fixture, I noticed that all the wires were wrapped with electrical tape instead of wire nuts. I removed the electrical tape in order to replace with the wire nuts and now I cannot remember which wires go together. The first time I connected the wires to the fixture, the fixture light up but the wall switch did not work and the next combo popped the circuit breaker in the box. Can you tell me how I could know which wires stay together and which wires attach to the light fixture? The light fixture is not a ceiling fan.
This electrical question came from: Nicole, a Homeowner from Canadensis, Pennsylvania
Thanks for your electrical question Nicole.
How to Test Light Fixture Electrical Wiring Connections
Nicole, it is best to identify the wiring using a voltage tester because of the different methods used for wiring light fixtures.
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