Ikea instruction shows one wire, but my condo wire is totally different!

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Old 05-03-15, 08:12 AM
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Lightbulb Ikea instruction shows one wire, but my condo wire is totally different!

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I have a perplexing situation. I bought an Ikea Alang, a ceiling light fixture. In the instruction manual about wiring to my condo ceiling, it talks about a black wire for ground, and the other two wires for getting electricity.

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But then, when I looked into the ceiling, here's the wire. I know the ground wire is the orange one (because the previous light fixture connected it's own black wire to it)

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The two twist-on wire connectors you see tucked inside were never used by the previous ceiling light. The focus is on the exposed wires. The orange one was connected to the single black wire of the previous ceiling light, and the two connected white wires were connected to the single red wire of the previous ceiling light.

Now, I connected Ikea's earth wire to the ceiling's orange wire. And connected the two connected Live and Neutral wires to the twisted-together white wires coming from the ceiling.

Didn't work.
Any advise?
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Old 05-03-15, 09:47 AM
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Wire from the light with a rib* goes to house whites. Wire from the light with no rib goes to the orange house wire. Fixture black wire remarked with bands of green tape and goes to green house wires.

*Rib is probably the tracer indicated in the Ikea diagram.

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Old 05-03-15, 10:34 AM
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Ray explained your connections that need to be made.

The orange was not your ground. Grounds are green, green with a yellow stripe or bare.
 
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Old 05-03-15, 11:01 AM
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I'm glad this question came up.
I see quite a few replacement cords or "lamp cord" installed incorrectly.

As noted above, the neutral wire in the cord will have ribbed insulation, hot will have smooth insulation.
 
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The only thing that is my problem is the neutral wire. It's not really ribbed other than some characters with it.

Lastly, there's two bunches of green wires connected on the twist-on. Which one shall I connect to?

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Old 05-03-15, 02:01 PM
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The identified conductor is the neutral.

All the grounds should be spliced together.
 
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Thanks.
Just to make sure one last time, here's a pic:

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It's not really ribbed other than some characters with it.
Characters are an alternate method of identification.
 
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Old 05-04-15, 10:31 PM
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When in doubt, you can test continuity between the screw shell and what you think is neutral. You should get continuity.
 
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Guys, I tried your suggestions and tested it and it worked out very well. Thanks for patiently being of help to me.

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