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Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

Posted by InTallgrass (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 19, 12 at 21:47

I installed a chandelier in an 18 foot room, and since the hot/neutral wires were the same color, I didn't realize there was a difference until I was finished. I'm a little concerned I may have reversed the wires at the box, and I've already returned the ladder I borrowed. The light works fine. I know that if I had reversed them, there would be a concern with the lightbulb socket threads being hot, which doesn't seem to be the case. I carefully checked the socket threads and the tab at the bottom. The tab at the bottom of the socket is hot, but the socket threads are not. I'm thinking I got lucky. Any input would be appreciated.


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RE: Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

You had a 50/50 chance of getting it right. It sounds like things were done right based on your test. I'd always take the precaution of shutting off the power to the fixture prior to changing bulbs, etc... anyway.


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RE: Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

How did you verify the screw shell was not hot?


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RE: Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

He put his tongue to the screw shell and turned the switch on.
He posted the message, ergo he wired it correctly.


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RE: Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

I almost forgot. While his tongue was contacting the screw shell, he placed the little finger of his left hand on the grounding conductor in the device box. Then he closed the switch.


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RE: Reversed hot/neutral wire for chandelier installation?

I had a coworker who used to regularly test for hot wires by licking his thumb and then touching the conductor. I can't say I ever tried that myself.


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