Understanding Light Fixture Electrical Wiring
The Basics of Light Fixture Electrical Wiring: Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
Basics of Light Fixture Electrical Wiring
[ad#block]Electrical Question I’m installing a light fixture.
- There are three wires–black, white, and red.
- Wire testing shows black is the ground.
- When I attach my light fixture’s ground to black and switch power back on, I have no power to anything.
- To circumvent this, I attached the light fixture’s ground wire to the screw for ground wires on the crossbar.
- I then attached the hot wires and the light works fine.
I Have Two Electrical Questions:
- Why do I lose power when I attach the ground wire?
- Is it safe for me to leave everything hooked up the way it is?
Background: Eric, a Homeowner from Ladera Ranch, CA.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Eric.
The Basics of Light Fixture Electrical Wiring
- Eric, the readings that you are getting may be caused by a number of factors,
- including not fully understanding or considering all the other components that are connected to the circuit,
- switch positions,
- ground connections
- or neutral connections.
The Following will assist you with light fixture wiring:
using electrical testers
- Electrical Safety and Voltage Testers
- When working on home electrical wiring, quality voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety. Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
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