Installing Light - No Wires Marked or Colored?


Old 07-03-08, 09:42 AM
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Installing Light - No Wires Marked or Colored?


I am in the process of installing lights in my new condo -- the wiring in the ceiling is color coded (black, white, green).

The problem I am having is the Hampton Bay pendant light I am installing has a clear cord which it hangs on, the wiring is run through the cord and it is not colored nor labeled -- So at the top there are 3 stripped wires and all of them look the same.

Is there any easy way I can figure out which wire is which?

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Old 07-03-08, 04:35 PM
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If this looks like the cord on a lamp, flat, possibly with small recessed lines between the wires the white wire would be the side with most commonly small raised ridges on it. the black should be the other outside.

You could verify this with a continuity tester. The white should go the the screw shell for the bulb. The black hot would be the center tab in the bulb socket.
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As pcboss says, the neutral wire (the one that connects to the white wire from the ceiling) always has a small stripe or ridge on it. You often have to look very carefully to find it.
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