Electrical Ground Wire for a Light Fixture
How to Ground a Light Fixture
Ground Wire Connection for a Light Fixture
Electrical Question: I am replacing a bedroom ceiling fan with normal light fixture.
- I am replacing a bedroom ceiling fan with normal light fixture.
- The old ceiling fan only has white wire and a black wire no ground at all.
- New fixture has white black and green ground wire.
- What should I do with ground wire?
- The junction box in the ceiling is metal. How do I attach the ground wire?
This electrical question came from: Matt, from Gary, Indiana.
Thanks for your electrical question Matt, here is the answer to your question.
How to Ground a Light Fixture
- Depending on the age of the home there may be a ground wire attached to the metal box. This could only be verified when using a voltage tester.
- If the box is grounded then there should be a tapped screw hole that is used for a green grounding screw. A grounding clip may also be installed onto the side area of the box.
- If it is found that the metal box is not grounded then a ground wire may be installed which will be bonded to the main electrical panel grounding system.
- Understand that the ground wire is an equipment safety and does not affect the performance of the light fixture however it is highly recommended to have all electrical devices grounded.
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