Connect Wires Light Fixture Video
Connect Wires to Light Fixtures
Tim Carter demonstrates how to connect wires to a simple light fixture. Tim received an email on this video FIVE years after it first was published. Read the latest in the September 2, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter. The first mention of this column was in the September 19, 2014 AsktheBuilder Weekend Warrior.
Screws For Wires
Simple light fixtures that you find in basements and garages usually have different colored screws where you attach the wires.
You want to put the HOT black wire on the brass screw and the neutral white wire on the silver screw.
If you do it backwards, you'll energize the threads inside the socket and if you touch the threads on the bulb as you screw it in, you could get ZAPPED!
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Fixtures With Wire Leads
If you have a light fixture that has short wires that are part of it, connect them this way:
- Black to black
- White to white
- Green to bare copper ground wire