I recently bought a house built in 1952 and am trying to change the light fixture in the kitchen ceiling. When I took the old light fixture off, I noticed that the wires coming from the ceiling were coupled with some other random wires.
The old and new mounting strap:
My questions are:
- What is the second set of wires? My kitchen light switch turns on a second light fixture in the kitchen. Could it be the wire to that light fixture being coupled at the light instead of the switch?
- Looking at the state of the wires, is there any maintenance I need to do and can do as an amateur electrician?
- Just looking at these wires, can anyone tell me which wire is hot and which is neutral?
- The new light fixture has a little pipe through which these wires are supposed to go. Given the thickness of these wires and the fact that there are two sets and given the pipe in the new fixture is way too thin, all these wires don’t fit in there. Is there anything I can do to get these wires in there? They fit but it’s very tight and I’m afraid I’m going to damage something by pushing the pipe in too hard.
- While I better understand the situation and figure out a solution, I’ve screwed those plastic caps on here. Is it safe to turn the light on?
I’d really appreciate some guidance on how to proceed from here.