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I am trying to change a fixture (from late 1970s) to an LED.

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I am trying to change a fixture (from late 1970s) to an LED. I removed fixture and show 2 black copper leads and no neutral. Not sure how to proceed.

Contractor's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

I have mounted the mounting strap and attached the ground to the strap.

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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago
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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. What color are the house wires?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Copper (black)
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
2 of them
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester. You'll need to identify which is the hot and which is the neutral to safely install the new fixture.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have an ac voltage/detector flashlight. Is that the same
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

That will work. Test for a hot with the switch on. Identify the one that doesn't show voltage with white tape. Wire the fixture as required.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I tested and they are both hot.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

That's why a 2 wire tester is better. Non-contact testers sometimes pick up voltage by induction on ajoining wires. Need a 2 wire tester.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok. I'll go purchase that then.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

I suggest a Volt/Con type. It is all you'll ever need. Does voltage and continuity.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thank you. I'll go to store.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

You're welcome.

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