Light Fixture Ground Wire Attachment
How to Ground a Light Fixture: The ground wire of the incoming electrical circuit should be bonded to the electrical junction box, and the ground wire of the fixture should be grounded as well.
Wiring a Light Fixture Ground Wire
Electrical Question: I want to install a new ceiling light.
- From the wall I see the black and white wires, and also the ground which is attached to the octagon electric box via a screw.
- My new light also has a ground wire, and a green screw on the mounting bracket that came with the new light.
- My question is, do I leave the house ground attached to the electric box, and attach the ground from the new light to the green screw on the mounting bracket of the new light?
Background: Ian, a Homeowner from Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Additional Comments: Great. glad I found it.
Thanks for your electrical question Ian.
Application: Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of lamps that have been installed.
How to Ground a Light Fixture
- The ground wire of the incoming electrical circuit should be bonded to the electrical junction box, and the ground wire of the fixture should be grounded as well.
- The process can be accomplished several ways, such as installing a ground screw to the metal junction box and then splicing all of the ground wires together with this ground wire that is now bonded to the junction box.
- The point is to have a path to the ground wire of the circuit and bonding any metal parts of the circuit and devices to the circuit ground wire.
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