connecting a ceiling light..

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Old 12-17-05, 09:16 AM
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Question connecting a ceiling light..

to the existing wiring. The house wiring is aluminum and the light fixture is copper I think since it's new. Is there a special connector I should be using or just use what I have since I have lots of plastic connectors (orange, black, blue, yellow) that screw the wire ends together? I don't recall if they are for a certain type of wire though.
 
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You need special wire nuts and special connecting grease.

Do not use anything you happen to have, unless you want to burn your house down.
 
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Thanks. No, I really didn't have that in mind. Would I have to go to a lighting store or just a hardware store to purchase the proper connectors?
 
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Most of the big box stores have them.
 
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Geeman - A connection between copper and aluminum wire must be done correctly. If not, the connection will corrode and the resulting heat could cause a fire.
Can I suggest that you do a Google search on CoAlum connection hazards and get familiar with he correct techniques needed to do the job safely.
 
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