These sockets have two terminals, one for the hot wire and one for the neutral. A third contact may be present but is not used for this circuit. This diagram illustrates wiring for a standard, one setting lamp. This socket has two terminals, the brass for hot and the silver for the neutral wire.
This circuit breaker wiring diagram illustrates installing a 20 amp circuit breaker for a 240 volt circuit. The 12/2 gauge cable for this circuit includes 2 conductors and 1 ground. A dedicated 20 amp circuit like this is used for heavy household appliances like an air conditioners.
This page contains wiring diagrams for a service panel breaker box and circuit breakers including: 15amp, 20amp, 30amp and 50amp, as well as a GFCI breaker and an isolated ground circuit.
Lamp cords are usually one color, making the standard black-hot, white-neutral guidelines useless for determining polarity. Other methods are therefore used to determine the polarity on a lamp cord. Check the insulation on the cord wires closely and you will find either a textured bead or a thin colored line running along one wire, this is the neutral.