Kitchen Light Fixture Wiring
How to Connect the Wire When Replacing a Light Fixture that has Multiple Cables and Wires.
Electrical Connections for a Kitchen Light Fixture
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I am replacing a ceiling light fixture in my kitchen.
- The new fixture has holes to push the wires into, however the junction box has more wires than expected.
- There are three cables coming into the box – all the black and white wires are nutted together.
- There is a red wire and ground copper wire loose.
- Which white wire can I use to insert into the new fixtures mount or do I attach a new white to the bundle and use the other end into the mount?
This electrical question came from: Kass, a Homeowner from Mohnton, PA.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Kass.
How to Connect Light Fixture Wires
Application: Wiring a Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of lamps that have been installed.
How to Make the Right Wiring Connections When Replacing a Light Fixture that has Multiple Cables and Wires
Kass, from what you are explaining about the electrical wiring that is found in the fixture box, you are correct, however using a voltage tester would verify the actual connections.
- Connecting one or more of the light fixture wires with the appropriate power, neutral and ground wires inside the ceiling electrical junction box is acceptable.
- When replacing a light fixture it is best to work with the wiring that was connected to the original light fixture and not disturb other wiring connections.
- Light fixture boxes may have additional cables and wires which could be the power source and wires that are used for switching and if these connections are disturbed then a tester combined with an understanding of lighting circuits will need to be used to identify what the function of each wire truly is.
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