About Light Fixtures and No Ground Wire
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
How to Install a Light Fixture without a Ground Wire – Electrical wiring in some older homes does not have a ground wire and and some older homes have ground wires that are bonded behind the electrical box.
What To Do When You Don’t Have a Ground Wire
- I bought a new lamp holder with an outlet in it my old one does not have an outlet.
- It has a grounded screw to attach a grounded wire.
- I don’t have a grounded wire can I still use this lamp holder?
This electrical wiring question came from: Karen, a Homeowner from Rockford, Illinois
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Karen.
How to Install a Light Fixture without a Ground Wire
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Electrical wiring in some older homes does not have a ground wire for outlets ans switches, and some older homes have ground wires that are bonded behind the electrical box. If the box is metal then attach the fixture ground wire to the box. If the box is not metal and a ground wire is not available in the fixture box then you can still install the key less light fixture.
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