COMMUNITY FORUM

jerseyshore

09:47AM | 01/02/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hi I am moving a hanging ceiling fixture from one room to another. The power cord on the hanging lamp is one color, not black and white at the ends. I forgot to take note which cord went to black and which to white. One lead is ribbed and the other is smooth instead of being color coded. Is there a rule of thumbe as to which will go to white and which to black?

Thanks

gletiecq

06:42PM | 01/02/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
Lamp cords typically have these types of cords, and if you look at one of those, the ribbed is on the "large" conductor of the plug, which would be the negative (or white) side. With an incandescent bulb, though, there shouldn't be any problem if they're reversed, since they work both ways. I wouldn't worry about it.

Greg

Joe Tedesco

07:01PM | 01/02/03
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts
The polarity is very important and must never be reversed!

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited January 05, 2003).]

joed

02:50AM | 01/03/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Is lamp cord allowed to be wired direct into the box. It seems to me that this cord should have a plug on it and be plugged into a recepticle.

gletiecq

06:07AM | 01/04/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
After thinking about this the other night, I realize that I was in error before. As another poster helpfully pointed out, polarity is indeed an issue. The way the bulb screws in, it first comes into contact with the neutral connector, and only when it's in all the way does it contact the "hot" contact at the base. This would ensure that if you touched the outer metal rim of the bulb as it was being screwed in, you'd only have contact with neutral. Reversing the polarity would indeed pose a hazard.

Figuring out which wire is absolutely the "hot" wire would be as simple as using a circuit tester and checking which wire is connected to the center contact in the receptacle. But if this is the case where it's an Ikea fixture or something intended to be plugged in and has been field retrofit to be hard wired, I'd suggest getting the correct hard-wired unit.

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Handscraped finishes join the rustic, old-world feel of antique flooring with the durability and simplified installation b... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1