# Question: Does it matter which wire goes where on a lamp?

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If you wonder why you have to identify and connect the hot and neutral wires correctly in a lamp, read on. True, the lamp will usually work either way. But the issue is safety. Normally, power (voltage) comes through the tab on the socket base.

## Which side is the hot wire on a lamp cord?

Ribbed, grooved or striped side is grounded (neutral), smooth side is ungrounded (hot).

## How do you know which wire is positive and negative on a light fixture?

How do you know which wire is positive and negative on a light fixture? If the multi-colored wire is black and red, the black wire is the negative wire, while the red one is positive. If both wires are black but one has a white stripe, the striped wire is negative, while the plain black wire is positive.

## Which side of a cord is positive?

The Round / Smooth Side is Always Positive. If the wire is Black and hooked to AC, then the Wire is Positive and White is Negative. If the wires are Red and Black (for DC Purposes), then Red is Always Positive and Black is Always Negative.

## What color is positive wire?

red The coloring is as follows: Positive - The wire for the positive current is red. Negative - The wire for the negative current is black. Ground - The ground wire (if present) will be white or grey.

## Which wire is positive and negative on a phone charger?

The red wire is a positive power wire with 5 volts of DC power. The black wire is the ground wire (similar to most all electronic devices). The white wire is a positive data wire. The green wire is a negative data wire.

## What if I have two white wires?

You likely have a switch loop. You should find which one is hot when the switch is on (mark it black with electrical taps) and connect that one to the black wire of the fixture. The other white should connect to the white of the fixture. The ground should be connected to the bare wires (ground) in the box.

## How do I know which wire is positive?

If you have a wire where both sides are the same color, which is typically copper, the strand that has a grooved texture is the negative wire. Run your fingers along the wire to determine which side has the ribbing. Feel the other wire which is smooth. This is your positive wire.

## Which wire is live when both are same color?

neutral wire Identify the neutral wire in the fixture by looking at the wires. In most modern fixtures the neutral wire will be white and the hot wire is red or black. In some types of fixtures, both wires will be the same color. In this case, the neutral wire is always identified by some means.

## Is the yellow wire positive or negative?

Yellow is positive, blue is negative.

## Which wire is hot if both wires are black?

You will get a reading if one wire is hot and the other isnt. However, if both wires are hot, the reading will be zero. The United States has strict codes relating to home wiring, including clearly defined colors on the outer casing of the wires. Black means hot, white signifies neutral, and green indicates ground.