I just installed a pull chain fixture in a closet. The light works but I paid no attention to black wire to brass screw or white wire to silver. Of course when I am tossing the box I see the instructions written on the interior. Do I have to take it apart and check. Is it a potential problem?

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    These are fundamental concepts in house wiring. You probably should do some reading before taking up your next wiring project. It can get dangerous in a hurry.
    – isherwood
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 22:07
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    Does this answer your question? Is Switching the Neutral OK? Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 22:12

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Yes, you should fix it. If nothing else, if you crossed the wires, the threads of the socket would be hot, even with the switch off. This would give a good chance of shock when changing the bulb if you’re not careful.

  • Thank you for your quick response. I will get the ladder!
    – Linda
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 21:39

Yes, it's essential because you could have wired the fixture as a switched neutral instead of a switched hot... This is deadly! Turning the fixture "off" would not truly switch the hot conductor off and you could get electrocuted with the switch in the "off" position.

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