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If both wires for a ceiling light fixture are black how do you tell which is the live wire and which is neutral?

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2010-10-12 14:31:05
2010-10-12 14:31:05

If both wires are black, the one that connects to your white wire is the one that should have little writing on it. Black to the plain black wire, white to the wire with writing.

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To the black wire on the fixture.

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Connect the ground wire from the light fixture to the ground wire in the ceiling box.

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If both wires are black then the one with the writing is the neutral wire. If the two wires are black and white then the white one is the neutral.

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Black is Hot and White is Neutral and there should also be a bare ground wire. One black/white/bare cable is supply for receptacle and the other is connected in parallel and goes to another outlet. You need your ceiling fixture connected to one of the wires coming into the receptacle box, Black to Black, White to White and Bare to Bare. However, assume you want to be able to switch the ceiling light with a wall switch unless there is to be a pull chain on ceiling light. To connect switch run a new wired from the receptacle to a switch and run a wire from switch to ceiling fixture. At original outlet connect as described above. At switch connect White wires together with a wirenut, then do the same for the bare wires. Connect Black wire going to ceiling to one side or switch and Black wire coming from original receptacle to other side of switch.

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If the ceiling fan has a light fixture included in the fan, then there will be three. A white, black and blue. The blue is for the fan if the owner wants the fixture to be switched individually from the fan. Other wise there are only two wires to connect to the fan, a black and white.

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White to white, black to black, and ground to copper wire.

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Just install a cover on the ceiling box.

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Yes, but know that both switches will have to be off for power to stop flowing to the light and either switch will turn the light on.

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The fixture will not be grounded. As long as the hot and neutral are connected the light will work.

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At that point, you should verify the home wiring; make certain that the black wire IS, in fact, the "hot" wire and that the white wire IS in fact the neutral. If the house is wired properly, connect the new fixture with "black to black and white to white." If you aren't certain that the house wiring was done properly, contact a local electrician to perform the work for you. Connecting a light fixture improperly can be dangerous to you and to anyone who subsequently changes a bulb or otherwise comes in contact with the fixture.

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By earth wire I am assuming you mean the bare wire and that a black and white wire are connected to the light. If when you connect the earth wire and breaker trips then there is a short between black and earth. It could be a bad ground connection, an internal short in the light fixture where black wire "hot" is connected to metal on the fixture through a nick in wire.

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Unlikely, but possible- and it IS unsafe.

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Yes. Connect Black to Black, White to White and bare ground wires together.


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