UPDATE 01.01.22 - thanks everyone for the comments and feedback. I’ve tested the circuit and determined everything is fine. I.e. no dead neutral. I also tested bulb contact on the existing fixture (in the picture) with the switch on and off and determined that it wasn’t working. So I went ahead and replaced the fixture with the same type of fixture (open bulb, pull chain) just as a test. It works! Now, I’m planning to use my original plan of installing a new enclosed LED fixture with pigtails. If anyone has comments for me, please let me know. Thanks again. Have a happy and healthy 2022.
EDIT 12.28.21 - based on some comments, I'm interested in trying out a hard wired light fixture like this (LINK). I will install a LED bulb in the fixture.
I am new to electrical work but wanting to learn and DIY where possible. Here is my problem: An existing pull chain porcelain lamp holder, installed in a coat closet, no longer works. I want to replace this lamp holder with an enclosed LED lamp. Thank you in advance for any help!
Here's what I've tried/learned:
- I tested the lamp holder with different bulbs to no avail.
- I've tested the hot wire (black) with a non-contact voltage tester. The hot wire has power.
- The light holder is wired continuously. Yes, I am sure. I.e. The wires were stripped and wrapped around the terminals. You will notice that there is only one wire, not two, wrapped around the terminals.
- Seems like the terminations are legit but old school (according to some folks via a Facebook electrical code group).
- I've heard some concerns about the exposed terminations in the metal box, there may be potential for arcing/fire.
- Some have suggested adding a pigtail.
- I do not see a grounding wire. (Per the comments, this is because the conduit/metal box provides the ground - I just need to ensure I use a metal light fixture.)
- According to NEC 410.16(B) this type of exposed bulb light holder is no longer up to code for a closet:
Here's my proposed solution:
- Switch off the power for this circuit at the breaker.
- Test with a non-contact voltage tester to ensure the wires are dead.
- Uninstall the lamp holder.
- Cut the white and black wires in the middle of the exposed conductors.
- Use 3-port wire connectors to connect the existing wires and a new pigtail wire (looks like aluminum wiring) from a new led pull chain lamp (alternate and more expensive option). --SEE EDIT AT TOP
- Install the new lamp.
- Turn the breaker on and test.
Any suggestions, comments, ideas, or objections? Again, thanks for the help.