outdoor light wiring


Old 12-30-06, 12:38 PM
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outdoor light wiring

we got new outdoor lights to replace our old ones. Coming from the house there is a white and black wire. Coming out of the light itself are two black wires and a ground. I assume I just ground it and then connect one black and black and one white and black. It doesnt matter which black???
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Old 12-30-06, 04:08 PM
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It is certainly unusual for a light to have two black wires instead of one black and one white, but it is what it is.

Unless you have directions with the light (some do, some don't), just connect as you have surmised.
Old 12-30-06, 06:15 PM
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2 blacks on light.... The "Identified"wire is neutral. This will either have ridges, writeing or be otherwise different from the other wire.

Example: Look on a newer table lamp or appliance. Follow the ribbed wire and it goes to the fat prong. Thats neutral. It makes a difference.

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