Do I need a ground wire in basement lighting

Old 07-20-03, 06:30 PM
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Do I need a ground wire in basement lighting

I am re-doing the basement lighting in my house. The previous owner had old flourencent lighting and did not connect a ground wire when he did it.

I am replacing the old lights with recesses canned lighting, but I do not want to re-wire the entire ceiling.

Do I abosolutely need to run a ground wire? If I don't, what are the dangers? What would be an easy way to run a ground to each of the boxes without taking all of the wiring out of the existing conduits?

Any help would be appreciated.

Old 07-20-03, 06:46 PM
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YES, you should always ground the circuit!

You made mention of conduit, if conduit is already in place you should have no problem pulling in a single ground wire using a fish tape.
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If the conduit is continuous to the panel and the boxes are metal then it is grounded. Therefore you only need to bond the fixture to the metal box.
Old 07-22-03, 08:17 AM
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Does that include the flexible conduit as well? There is flexible conduit going from the box to the recessed lighting. Does that mean i can just connect the ground of the lighting to the box on the lighting can because it is connected to the flexible conduit which is connected to the rigid conduit which is continuous.
Old 07-22-03, 11:56 AM
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No, flexible conduit needs a separate ground conductor.
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Listed flexible metal conduit in lengths up to 6 feet may be used as the grounding conductor on circuits of 20A or less provided the connectors are listed for grounding, most are.

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