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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester?
I assume that the wires are 2 black, 2 white & 1 red, please verify. Was the receptacle switched?
Are they entering the box together or 2 in one entry and 3 in another. You'll need to test for 120V on a pair of wires. Let me know the entries and if the 120V was on the 2 or 3 wire entries. Who ever installed the wiring didn't mark them for identification.
Your original statement was about a receptacle, how did we get to a light fixture? If you had a receptacle it should have had voltage.
Please let me know what you have and what you want. Be specific.
As I asked, what colors, how many paired when they enter, are the wires still connected to the receptacle?
I'm asking about the receptacle.
Obviously we aren't communicating. I'm going to opt out. Stand by for another expert.
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Ok, so from what i understand you need to put the receptical in so that you can plug the lab light in? Am i right? However all wires are yellow so we dont know just what wires we need to attach.
to be able to determine what wires you need to attach you will need a miltimeter voltage tester. I see you do have on. Good. Do you know if this plug was working before it was removed?
Really ALL yellow? Thats a first for me. Nothing we can figure out, but you have a good one. You will have to find your 120vc feed in this box. the only way to do it is to test each wire individually.
Can you do this?
Take your multi meter and set it test volts. Does this box have any wires attached directly to the box? OR are there any "ground" wires showing? These are usually green. AND is the box metal?
Additionally, this is live electricity. You must use proper care when handling it. It could be your life.
We can fix that
Can you send a picture of this set up?
I will need detailed photographs in order to assist you further
that would be fantastic
You will need to attach them to the chat box and send though just answer
Im not sure how that works exactly. Im going to opt out of this due to my misunderstanding.
Im not exactly sure how to help you sir, If you can upload those pictures into the chat box i will be able to assist you further.
Ok if i understand you correctly, you are trying to connect a cable to a lab light so it will plug into the receptical? Is this correct? If so i will need the manufacturer and model of the lab light.
yes, here is my email***@******.*** send the photos there
the chat box is the window that contains our dialogue.
have not received any pictures
ok I have the pictures, i think i can help you
do you know what the voltage is that will be applied to the lights? This is a multi tap transformer and how we wire it will depend on what the voltage is. This will require a multi meter and getting close to a working light. Or you could send a picture of the breaker that turns the lights off and i can tell you.
i would need to see a picture of the whole panel and the breaker.
ok your feed in is a white black and ground right?
Your white wire coming in will wire nut to the white wire coming off the light. The green wire coming in is your ground wire, this can be bonded anywhere to the light housing that is meatal..like the case. Now, the black wire is going to go to just one of those five yellow wires coming off of the light.
all of those five wires should be labeled with very small writing i can make out 277 and 208 from the photo.
one of those wires will say 120, this will be the wire you will splice the black feed wire coming in with
I hope this was helpful :)
Again i say White coming in to White on the light, Green is ground, it goes to the case, and Black will go to just One of the Yellow wires labeled 120
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You are welcome sir :)
If you don't require any additional assistance with your light please take a moment and rate me, it would be very much appreciated. If you do require further assistance i am still here to help.
Yes, any metal part of the fixture.
Any metal part that isnt part of the lighting circuit. The ground is there for safety. If part(s) of the light become energized the ground wire will tell the breaker to trip.
Were you able to get your 400 watt Metal Halide light working sir?
.OK let's just confirm a few things. Would you like to do it over the phone? I think that this would be a much easier and more helpful way of communicating. If you would like that, you will have to request additional services from me. Otherwise, I am unable to really help in any other way. If it were me I would attach the ground to the metal band that holds down the "round thing" (capacitor) or strip it out as much as possible and leave it connected to nothing inside the light. As far as the blck and white wire i ask that you re read our conversation it should work if you follow my instructions above.
Another option for grounding is find a bolt on the base on the transformer (boxy thing inside the light case). Upon review this is recommended. You should find a bolt that is on the transformer. This is usually a bolt that is holding it to its case
Attach the green wire to this bolt. It will be holding the boxy transom error in place in the light there may be a few to pick from.
Transformer* (not transom error)
Friendly Reminder :) White coming in to white in the light. There should be 3 wires spliced together after you have connected the new white wire coming in. One off of the transformer and one off the light buld base. (there are already together, just add your new white wire :) Then, Your new Black wire will splice to the wire that says 120 coming off the Transformer. Cap the remaining 4 wires that come off of the transformer with small wire nuts. Attach your new green wire to the transformer base, wherever it is attached to the light case. Wrap the new green around the screw or bolt that holds down the transformer and tighten firmly.
However, The light should work without the ground there at all. If you have spliced the white and black wires as described above and the light does not work you may have a component failure.
if you would like to call me while you are making the splices i think that would be best :)
yes, wow, You need to cap each wire individually that is coming off of the transformer.
you know, those remaining 4 wires that were coming off your transformer. The ones that were left after you spliced the black onto the one that says 120. Leaving 4. Those need to be capped individually. Also. you need to ground your transformer. Find a piece of green # ***** wire and splice that onto your short green wire coming in. Its not even required by code. Just because the light works does not mean its not safer. But seriously. Take those four wires apart and hope you transformer works.
i didn't say splice them together either, I said cap them. Not splice or twist or anything like that take them apart and cap them individually and you may have a working light :)
refer to NEC 410.44 EX 1 for grounding requirements of your light.
At this point i am not sure we are communicating well. I would love to help you. I really would. But if I am unable to describe this appropriately over text to get it right, i cannot help you. That is unless you set up a call through just answer, and are ready to do the work. I will no longer be responding via text. please opt for additional service through just answer for a phone call. Please rate my service. Thanks Have a happy holiday!
I feel like i am being pranked :) call me, set up a call through just answer. You almost have it ;) you should use wire nuts on those four wires coming off of the transformer. It looks like you used an in line splice. make sure the four wires are individually capped and isolated from each other.
lol, i had a feeling
No, no you may not. Just a small wire nut will do.
Were you able to individually cap the 4 wires coming off of the transformer? One wire nut on each of the remaining four wires coming off of the transformer is your goal.
one wire nut on each of the four remaining wires, make sure they are individually capped and isolated from eachother.
Ohhh so close, you are really close. You need you get two more small wire nuts wire nuts and separate the two pairs of wires spliced together that come off of the transformer. You have the 120 feed and common wires correctly spliced. It's just those four remaining wires that come off of the transformer that you have to idividually cap and wire nut.
you are sending repeats of the same photos. If you are not going to take this seriously I am going to have to terminate out communication at this point. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Request additional service, Make it a phone call. We will get it wired right. :) Hope you had a swell Christmas!
Hey buddy, we have been on this light a good while now. I would like to speak with you to get it done right. Accept the answer i have provided, and we can continue with this project over the phone.
I appreciate that, if i don't get rated then the company i work for doesn't know i am doing my best to help. If you need help you know where to find me :)
what kind and what wattage bulb are you using?
This info will help me help you.