# How To Wire Light Fixture Cord Wires

 How can I determine how to connect the wires of a light fixture cord? How to Identify and Connect Light Fixture Cord Wires.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: How can I determine how to connect the wires of a light fixture cord?

• I am replacing lights under the shelf on my desk with fluorescent fixtures which are wired in parallel, as I have learned how to do here.
• I want to use the electrical cord that I cut off from the old light to power the new fixtures, since it is already attached to the desk and shelf.
• How can I determine which wire in the cord to attach to the white wire in the fixtures?
• And which to attach to the black?

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## Wiring Light Fixture Cord Wires

Application: Wiring a Light Fixture Cord.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, comprehension, and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF andÂ  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

### How to Identify 120 Volt Light Fixture Cord Wires

Electric Light Fixture Cords have Two Distinct Indicators

• Flat Light Fixture Cords have two indications that are fairly easy to identify which will reveal how each wire is connected.
• The side of the cord that has Lines on one side identify that side as the neutral.The neutral wire of a 120 volt circuit is typically the white wire.
• The side of the cord that has a Smooth surface identifies that side as the power. The power wire of a 120 volt circuit is typically the black wire.

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