Each lightbulb in your home receives electricity through two wires. When you have several light sockets in your light fixture, you multiply the number of electrical wires that will need to be connected to a power source. The back side of a light fixture it look intimidating, but always remember that if you can match black to black and white to white, you can install a light fixture with double wires and even more.
Things You'll Need
- Safety goggles
- Step ladder
- Orange wire nuts
Turn off the breaker that supplies electricity to the light circuit at the main electrical panel.
Locate the black, or hot, wire and the white, or neutral, wire in the electrical light box. These are the power supply wires and connect through the switch and back to the electrical panel.
Wire the light fixture with double wires to the power supply wires. Each lightbulb socket must have a separate black and white wire to supply electricity to the lightbulb; the more lightbulbs, the more wires. Connect the two white wires from the light fixture to the white wire located in the electrical box by twisting an orange wire nut onto all three wires. Connect the two black wires from the light fixture to the black wire from the electrical box the same way you connected the white wires.
Install the light fixture to the electrical light box according to the manufacturer's directions.
Turn on the breaker that supplies electricity to the light circuit at the main electrical panel.
Tips & Warnings
- Always make sure that the electricity is off to the area you are working in to avoid electrical shock.
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