Whether you bought from the shelf or ordered a custom pool table lights, you will need to assemble it and fix the wiring for these lights. Wiring pool table lights can be as easy as running a cord to a wall socket or as complicated as following step by step directions, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. For those Do-It-Yourselves that feel they can handle the wiring task, the following information may be extremely helpful before you even start working on it.
#1 Know and Fix Your Ground Wire
Before you start on wiring your lighting fixture for pool table, you need to identify the ground wire from the socket. It is usually the green or yellow wire which connects to a neutral grounding surface as a safety connection; in case a neutral wire fails. It prevents electrical shock and also helps prevent catastrophic static electricity build up in the future.
Once you have identified the ground wire, you need to connect it to a circuit breaker. Ground wires needs to be connected to a circuit breaker so that if a neutral wire fails, the breaker will be tripped and the flow of electrical current will be stopped. They can also be connected to a neutral place on the mounting bracket. Thus, remember to prepare a circuit breaker or mounting bracket when setting up the wiring for your pool table lights.
When securing a ground wire, make a “screw loop” at the end of the wire in the shape of a letter “J,” hook the loop around the green ground screw on your mounting bracket and tighten the screw to hold it in place. Once this is done, you are set to fix the rest of the wiring from your lighting fixture. Below is a good example of proper wiring.
Pool table lights can work without a ground wire but users can receive serious electrical shock if a ground wire is not installed or if it is installed improperly. So please play it safe and ensure you installed the ground wire accurately.
#2 Wire Nuts, Those Funny Little Rocket Shaped Safety Caps
Another important piece that is always being overlooked by amateurs when doing wiring is the wire nuts. Wire nuts are plastic connectors containing a metal coil. They help make stripped or bare wire connections safe and complete an electrical circuit.
While fixing the wiring for your pool table lights, remember to make sure the size and gauge of your wire nuts are right for the capacity of the wires you are connecting. A clear chart stating the right size and gauge of the wire nuts that you need to do the job often come in the wire nut bag. Using incorrect wire nuts while wiring your pool table lights can cause the nuts to be loosened and cause power interruption, sparking, a short circuit or even a fire. So if you are not engaging a professional to do the wiring, make sure you are using the right wire nuts.
#3 Wiring Dos and Don’ts
Other than the 2 key issues on wiring that have been shared above, here are other basic Do’s and Don’ts that you need to take note if you are planning to work on the wiring for your lighting fixture by yourself.
#1 What You need to do?
- DO read instructions thoroughly.
- DO be sure the ground wire is properly secured.
- DO ask for help if you don’t understand any instruction.
- DO cap wire ends with wire nuts to avoiding shorting out your lights.
#2 What You should not do?
- DO NOT cut a plug to hard wire a connection.
- DO NOT install a wire that looks old, cracked, or brittle.
- DO NOT install light bulbs with too much wattage that burn too hot.
#4 DIY Can Feel So Good
The pride of setting up and wiring your own pool table lights can add to the enjoyment of your billiard room, and installation need not be difficult. Just remember: DO install your ground wire, DO screw on those funny little rocket shaped wire nuts, and DO mind the rest of your Dos and Don’ts.
Remember too, professionals help is always available by telephone or on-line. If you read your kit instructions and can do it yourself, go for it. If it looks like a task beyond your skills, don’t feel guilty for having to call a professional electrician. As the saying goes; ‘Better be safe than sorry’.
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