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Electrical Wiring for Light Fixtures

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Electrical Question:  Is the electrical wiring safe for the light fixture I want to install?

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This Electrical Wiring question came from: Matt, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question about light fixtures Matt.

Electric Circuit Wiring for Light Fixtures

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Application: Electrical Wiring for a Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
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.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional light fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
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3 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for Light Fixtures”
  1. Roberto says:

    The wire on a light fixture I have has this written on it: 18AWG, 105 degree Celsius and 300V. can I use this fixture in Europe where the power supply is 240V. The bulb for the fixture is available in 240V in Europe.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Roberto,
      The wiring for the light fixture will be fine if used in Europe as long as the watt size of the light bulb remains the same as original, as prescribed by the light fixture manufacturer.
      Thank you for sharing your electrical question with us,
      Dave

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