no ground on vintage ceiling fixture

Old 11-09-05, 08:40 AM
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Question no ground on vintage ceiling fixture

Hi, I am a collector of vintage lighting and use them in my home. I have this fixture from the '40's that I would like to use in my kitchen, but there is no ground wire in it. I have rewired a few lamps and a chandelier in the past, but I have never come across this problem. Would it be safe to hang it without grounding,or is there an easy way to ground it without rewiring it? The wiring is in good condition and I would like to keep as much of the original light fixture as possible.
Old 11-09-05, 09:07 AM
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Grounding is safer than no grounding, but there are plenty of ungrounded things in your house already (like your TV and toaster). For a ceiling fixture that is out of normal reach, it's not that big of a deal.
Old 11-11-05, 08:35 PM
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What sort of fixture is it? if it is a chandelier, you can add a green gound wire alongside the existing wire, connecting it to a screw in the lower bit. For a surface mount or solid rod fixture, the metal will ground it. Just be sure the fixture wire is in good condition.

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