Installing old ceiling fixture

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Old 07-22-02, 08:08 AM
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Installing old ceiling fixture

My mother has an old hanging ceiling fixture that she would like to have installed in her front room. The fixture is wired with the "lamp cord" type of wire. Both wires are copper colored and I cannot tell a difference in texture in either cord, as in smooth or ribbed. How do I know which one is hot and which one is neutral? TIA!
 
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Old 07-22-02, 09:49 AM
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Use either wire with the black or white.
 
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Old 07-22-02, 10:59 AM
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how stupid do you have to be, momma's boy? be careful and don't hang yourself!!!
 
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Old 07-22-02, 05:59 PM
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An ohmmeter is your best tool. The shell of the bulb socket will show zero resistance to the neutral wire, and infinite resistance to the hot wire. The button at the bottom of the bulb socket will show infinite resistance to the neutral wire, and zero resistance to the hot wire.

The best way to buy an ohmmeter is usually to buy a multimeter. Stores such as Home Depot will have a selection of several to choose from under $20.

Although your light will work properly if connected backwards, it will be safer when connected correctly.
 
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Old 07-23-02, 05:38 AM
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Thanks to Bungalow Jeff and John
 
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