Hot and Neutral wire in light fixture

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Old 01-22-07, 08:39 AM
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Hot and Neutral wire in light fixture

I want to hang and wire a dining room chandalier. It is not new...I got it from a friend. The problem is that it is impossible to distinguish the hot and neutral wires on the chandalier. They are NOT black and white. They are both copper wire with a clear coating. How do I tell the difference?
 
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Old 01-22-07, 08:46 AM
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One of the wires is marked. It will either have ridges on the wire, or a stripe, or some other indicator. If all else fails and you absolutely cannot tell the difference, then use a multi-meter and figure out which wire connected to the base of the sockets (this will be the hot wire) and which connects to the side of the sockets (this will be the neutral).
 
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Old 01-22-07, 08:51 AM
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Yes....one of the wires has some white lettering on it. So that is neutral?
 
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Generally speaking yes, although I would still verify with a multi-meter.
 
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Old 01-22-07, 08:58 AM
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OK
I'm a newbie...so how do I verify with the multimeter.
 
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You need to measure resistance. With none of the chandelier wires connected and no bulbs installed, measure the resistance between each wire and the base of the socket and the side of the socket. You will measure 0 ohms resistance (or close to is) when you have continuity.
 
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Thanks....worked fine
 
 

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