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Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « on: August 30, 2018, 03:07:02 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
I just got a glass drum light and another old light and both have cloth wired lamp sockets. Is this a fire/shock hazard or are they safe ?  Huh?
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 05:33:39 PM » Author: paintballer22
As long as the wire is not crumbling or showing copper you will be fine. I have a bunch of fixtures in daily use that still have cloth wires. 
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 06:57:41 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Thank you! Smiley
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 02:41:22 PM » Author: DieselNut
Many of my old fixtures have cloth wrapped wires and are fine.  Don't bend/flex them too much and you should be fine.
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #4 on: September 04, 2018, 08:35:14 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Many of my old fixtures have cloth wrapped wires and are fine.  Don't bend/flex them too much and you should be fine.


The glass drum light has the wires going through a small hole in the metal. Is that still safe or a fire hazard?
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 07:38:47 AM » Author: paintballer22
As long it did not cut into the wires.
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 02:04:44 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Would it be ok to wrap the wires with electrical tape where they go through the hole?
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 09:49:18 PM » Author: takemorepills
I have "modern" (prob 1989 DOM) drum light fixtures in my garage. The wire in mine look like cloth, but are actually fiberglass over high temp wire. The fixture also has a circle of fiberglass inside of it to provide heat resistance.

Additionally, I have rewired many of my vintage fixtures with modern cloth wire.

I wouldn't over-think it. And, if it makes you feel better to tape the wire, please don't use Chinese crap tape. Buy some 3M high-temp electrical tape.
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 05:12:45 AM » Author: Fluorescent05
This fixture is from the 1970s with brittle cloth wire.
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #9 on: September 06, 2018, 03:03:20 PM » Author: hannahs lights
My mate gave me some cloth covered wire a few weeks ago I used it to wire some ES light sockets for my 25 watt colored bulbs also fitted a vintage 2 pin 5 amp plug to it. All fine I just make sure I dont touch it whilst its on
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #10 on: September 06, 2018, 04:13:43 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Thank you! Smiley
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Re: Should I still use light fixtures with cloth wires? « Reply #11 on: October 30, 2018, 06:39:46 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Update: I tried out both of these fixtures and they work very well! Smiley
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