I'm having some trouble wiring a ceramic light socket. I've done this before for with the kind that you just screw the wires into (the ones that look like this), but this one is different. Here's a picture

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And another one with some of the text on the socket (one side is labeled white as well but I didn't bother editing this into the picture)

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I've found numerous videos and descriptions of how to do the kind with screws, but none of this type

How do I wire this?

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    I would just buy a new light fixture. Those "back-stab" connectors are notorious for failing. Jul 11, 2018 at 6:03
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    agree with @JonathonReinhart - no point messing around with this, doesn't look safe never mind easy.
    – John Hunt
    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:25
  • Googled backstab, now I know why I haven't seen them before, not always a good practice to use them. Will be buying some new ones...
    – Shane
    Jul 11, 2018 at 21:53

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If there is only 1 set of wiring coming to this fixture use the back stabs (I hate back stabs). If there are more than 1 set pigtail and then use back stabs. This is one of the few places I have used backstab fixtures. I would never use the back stabs to jumper the sets, if the pigtail is used the only power being used is by the fixture itself. I have not had any problems with pigtails and back stabs but using the fixture as the jumper I have seen hundreds of failures. There should be a strip guide on the fixture strip the wire to that length. Push the wire into the round hole . this can normally only be used with 14 awg wire. If no strip gauge strip between 1/2 to 3/4 inch if copper is showing a piece of scrap wire or a small screwdriver can be used in the slot to remove the wire and trim it off and verify that no copper is showing and you should be good to go.

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