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you can ground it to the fixture electrical box.

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Q: What do you do when you can't connect the ground wire to the fixture?
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Connect the ground wire from the light fixture to the ground wire in the ceiling box.


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Connect the ground wire to the metal box.


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What to do with no ground in wall but ground wire in fixture?

Very often the ground wire in the fixture is ignored, or just connected to the box, if there isn't a conductor to connect to. This, however, is a code violation as any fixture with a ground wire is required to have it properly connected to an equipment grounding conductor back to the panel. This is for YOUR SAFETY. Technically you should rewire the circuit with the proper conductors. It is BAD PRACTICE to connect the ground wire to the neutral or white wire because this could create a hazard of its own.


What is a ground wire?

A ground wire is a typically uninsulated copper wire. The intent is to connect the wire to an electrical appliance or fixture to provide electricity a path to ground in the event of a short, thus preventing electrocution.


Can you connect the ground wire from a light fixture to anthing in the metal box that does not have a ground coming from it?

I always connect the ground wire to the box. However, if there is no real ground wire running back to the panel it really does you no good. The NEC requires that you rewire the circuit with the proper conductors. Remember that the ground is for your protection. Without a proper ground, you run the risk of injury or death if the fixture wiring fails.


How do you connect the new fixture with one black and white cable if the old fixture has 3 bulbs with individual black white and ground wires?

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How can 5 fluorescent lights be connected together?

Connect them in parallel. The black wire from the ballast to the black line wire. The white wire from the ballast to the line neutral. Connect the ground wire to the ground screw which is located in the body of the fixture. Grounding of the fixtures is essential.


What do I attach the green wire from the light fixture to?

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