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Wire a ceiling light

Ive got 2 black wires and 1 green and yellow wire

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Is your house older, Some old wires its hard to tell which one is the grounded conductor(nuetral), Both Look black. If this is case You need to test it with a voltage tester- The green and yellow is a ground wire. Test the green with the voltage tester, Along with one of the blacks, if the Black and green set of the voltage tester that black is the hot. hook it up to the black on the lt. hook white to the other black. and green to either green screew or ground wire which ever is provided

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