» Need Electrical Help? Get a Quick Reply! Ask the Electrician
Wiring a Bathroom Light Fixture
Installing a New Light Fixture and Making the Wire Connections: I just bought a new bathroom light fixture and installed it and it doesn’t workBy: Dave Rongey
Light Fixture Wiring and Wire Connectors
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I just bought a new bathroom light fixture with 12 gauge wiring. I installed it and it doesn’t work.
- I think, based on the manual, it’s because the wires coming from the wall are a different wire gauge, maybe 10 or 8.
- Is there a special type of wire connector I should use to fix this?
This electrical question came from: Grant, a Homeowner from Columbus, Ohio.
Thanks for your electrical question Grant.
Installing a New Light Fixture and Making the Wire Connections
- The wire size for the bathroom lighting circuit should be either #12 or #14.
- The gauge of the wiring will not prevent the light fixture from working, however not having a good connection with the wires can.
- Chose the correct wire connector for the actual wire gauge and number of wires that will be spliced together.
- See the chart of wire connectors at the Electrical Wire page for more information.
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
The following may also be helpful for you:
Learn more about Home Electrical Wiring
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!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.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
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.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
|More articles about Bathroom Light Fixture and Home Electrical Wiring:|
|« Previous||Next »|
|Installing Electrical Boxes In Plaster Walls||Wiring a Switched or Half-Hot Outlet|