Grounding a Light Fixture Plug
How to Ground a Light Fixture Cord and Plug – By code, if a ground source is not provided, then an outlet or receptacle should not have a ground plug.
Understanding Light Fixture Grounds
Electrical Question: I have a pull string light with a grounding plug.
- I have BX cable going in to the box which is 2 wire.
- Everything in the box is connected.
- Will the grounding plug work?
This electrical wiring question came from: Rocco, a Homeowner from Parkville Maryland
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Rocco.
How to Ground a Light Fixture Cord and Plug
- Rocco, if the light fixture does not have a ground wire installed of any kind then the ground prong of the light fixture plug will not be grounded.
- The two wire portion of the plug will work, however it will not be grounded.
- By code, if a ground source is not provided, then an outlet or receptacle should not have a ground plug.
- A voltage tester can be used to verify if the fixture box is grounded or not.
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