Please confirm.........

footwedgeJuly 31, 2011

I'm trying to wire a chandelier and both wires are copper. If I remembered correctly, I was told the wire with the ribbed sheathing would nut to the black (line) #14.

Is this correct?

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groundrod

no; it should go to the white wire.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 2:25PM
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footwedge

Thks GR

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 2:34PM
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footwedge

What would've happened if I had wired this backwards, ribbed to black?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 8:15AM
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bus_driver

Wired backward increases the chance of shock if one touches the screw base of the lamp while changing lamps. Smaller hands often grip the lamp nearer the base.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 8:19AM
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Billl

Depends on how it is wired. If it is a switchloop where the live is always LIVE, then it would mean the screw base would also always be live and would be a shock risk. If the circuit is wired such the the live goes through a switch and then up to the cwiling, then nothing on the fixture would be live as long as the light is turned off.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 8:42AM
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Ron Natalie

Huh? A switch loop should have no bearing on the matter. The grounded conductors should NEVER be switched (except in cases where the switch also opens the non-grounded conductor). If the chandelier has no exposed metal parts that aren't insulated from the wiring, there's really no right or wrong side. If there is such exposed metal (usually the base of the lamp sockets) then that needs to be connected to the grounded conductor.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 9:49AM
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bus_driver

With single lamp fixtures, the person may not be aware if the switch is on or off while changing the (presumed burned out) lamp. If wired with the hot to the ribbed conductor, the screw shell is hot whenever power is available to the fixture.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 2:50PM
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hendricus

What would've happened if I had wired this backwards, ribbed to black?

The chandelier would have worked normally, the safety would be compromised.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 4:28PM
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