Chandelier ground wire question

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Old 05-21-07, 11:14 AM
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Chandelier ground wire question

I got a chandelier from my sister that I want install in my living room. The wire and chain assembly is too short for my ceiling so I need to restring it. After going to Home Depot, Lowe's and Lamps Plus finally found a chain and wire, but no silver ground wire. A gold ground wire would look funny with the clear wire and silver chain. I was looking around the house for a solution when I ran across some picture wire, it looks almost identical in color and gauge. Is there anything special to ground wire or can I use picture wire for the ground; or should I go buy some gold ground wire.

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The ground wire is copper, and the devices us UL rated with it.. The picture wire is steel, and not legal to use for electrical.

What you need to do is find a tinned bare copper wire.
 
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Old 05-29-07, 05:06 PM
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Thanks classicsat, still can't find tinned copper wire. My brother in law, who is an electrician, said I would be fine if I grounded the wire to the ground screw in the J box. Will this work, I don't want to burn my house down and I'll get copper colored wire if I have to. Thanks
 
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