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Old 03-17-2007, 12:22 PM   #11
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Well, my hoods were DIY Compact fluorescent screw-in lights, not LEDs
Oh whole different question. If you are speaking of a 110v system, you are correct! The white wire is the neutral and the colored wire, in this case, is the hot. You are also correct in switching the hot lead. Never, never, never switch the neutral.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:40 PM   #12
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*phew*.

So Black is hot, white is neutral,.. right?
Then I can not worry so much anymore hahaha
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I just want to make a quick statement here...I don't want to get anyone upset or anything like that but I have read posts where people have misread or miswired things and have ended up shorting things out or even worse causing fires. Please if you aren't sure of what you are doing ask a professional before you put power to something that you have wired! Your life and your home is not worth saving a few bucks. If nothing else invest a little bit of money in a couple of DIY books on wiring from HD or Lowes!
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:16 PM   #14
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heh, my wiring has gone on for several weeks without any messups,... I just got scared for a second
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Like I said...I wasn't trying to pinpoint anyone...just making a general statement.
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I can think of no way of saying this that wont sound sarcastic. so I will just say it. I am an expert on this subject. It's what I do for a living. I have over 15 years experience and training.

I do agree with you especially when we are talking about ac voltages like those you are exposed to with normal household wiring. The relatively low voltages like what we are talking about with LED lighting are of little concern as far as safety or fire hazard. The biggest danger is possibly damaging the LEDs. If any think I would like to suggest that you (everybody) are as specific and detailed as you can be when you ask your questions about electricity.
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I wasn't talking about this situation in particular. I think you made my point though. If you don't know for sure what you are doing with electricity then consult a pro. That is all I was trying to get across.
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Point taken.

Can't stress that enough.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:57 PM   #19
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Yeah, I work in electronics as well. Specifically, 12 volt natural gas wellhead monitoring devices. I can't tell you how many times I "hot wire" those controllers in my test lab, voltage from most common DC transformers will likely not cause any damage but you should be carefull none the less. I did start a fire once by plugging 12v into a 4-20mA connector by mistake, but thats another story.
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