- Mar 8, 2020
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I am finally replacing the porcelain light socket, just a bare bulb hanging down from the ceiling, original to my 1951 house. Two cables come into the box. The one on the right has black and white wires. The left cable has two white wires, one partly colored black. The black wire from the right cable is connected to a white wire from the left cable, while the other two wires connected to the fixture. For my purpose today, it seems clear the white wire from the right cable is the neutral for my new fixture, so I am going to go ahead and install it. Still, I don't have any clue why the hot from one cable would be connected to the neutral from another cable. Can anyone give me an explanation or suggest a youtube video? Thanks.