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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

Electrical Question: I am replacing a porcelain ceiling lamp holder.

  • 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

Dave’s Reply:
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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3 Responses to “About Light Fixtures and No Ground Wire”
  1. Chris says:

    I Bought a light fixture that does not have a ground wire! The house has a ground wire. The light fixture is new but did not have instructions in box.

  2. Michael says:

    Hello,

    I just installed 7 recessed lights in series using BX cable, do I have to attach the green ground wire in each fixture box to the box itself with a grounding screw?

    Thanks alot in advance for your response.

    Sincerely,
    Michael

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Yes Michael, the ground wire should be bonded to the metal junction box or enclosure.
      By the way, the wiring connections should be made in parallel, not series – making the connections color to color.
      Enjoy!


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