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Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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I have a new light but both wires from the light are clear

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hi...I have a new light but both wires from the light are clear coating not black and white - how do I know which one to attach to black and white out of the ceiling
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question. 1) Take a look at the exterior insulation on the 2 wires. Does one wire have a "smooth" insulation edge and the other wire has a "ribbed" insulation on the exterior edge?2) Or is one wire silver and the other wire is brass colored?
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.
Ribbed insulation = neutral wire (connects to white). Smooth insulation = hot wire (connects to black).
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