Pre installation testing of a ceiling fixture?

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Old 09-13-20, 06:46 AM
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Pre installation testing of a ceiling fixture?

I have a ceiling light needs to be replaced.
A few years ago, I was talking to a neighbor who had a similar problem. He told me that after installing the new fixture, it didn't work. He had to uninstall, get another and reinstall the newest fixture.
His comment "if only there was a way to test the light before you install it".
My question: Is there a way? If so what is it?
(I was guessing that you could connect the light's wires to a power cord and plug the cord into a receptacle, but I'm not sure it would work or be safe.)

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Old 09-13-20, 08:23 AM
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Very simple to do, a couple of leads hooked up to the light and an extension cord.

So rare of a situation I dont think I would ever do but again simple enough check!
 
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Old 09-14-20, 09:51 AM
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I've installed a lot of fixtures and have never run into a defective one. My main issue is that some of the cheaper ones are not designed to be installed easily, but that's more of a hardware issue versus an electrical problem.

But if I wanted to test a fixture, I'd get a plug like this, connect a foot or two of zip cord to it, and use a pair of wire nuts to connect (temporarily) to the fixture to test. Then just plug it in!
 
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Old 09-15-20, 08:43 AM
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