Light fixture ground wire question


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Old 06-27-21, 09:30 AM
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Light fixture ground wire question

I am replacing the light fixture in my apartment and not sure what to do with the ground wire. My apartment building is very old (built in 1926) and not sure how recently the electrical was updated.

I'm installing a pendant light, which has a black and white wire attached to the fixture and the ground wire only attached to the mounting bracket (photo 2). My electrical box in the ceiling does not appear to have a ground wire coming out of it (photo 1).

The previous chandelier had a ground wire coming out of the fixture, which was then wrapped around the green screw on the mounting bracket. Since my new pendant doesn't have a ground wire coming out of the fixture and only attached to the mounting bracket, wondering what to do with the ground wire on the bracket?

Thanks for your help!


Electrical box in ceiling with back and white wires.


Mounting bracket of new light fixture with ground attached.
 

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Old 06-27-21, 11:31 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

When you mount that fixture bar to the ceiling box.... it will get ground to the fixture bar via the mounting screws.

Two things..... that cloth wiring is old and brittle so handle it carefully.
Make sure the wires aren't directly behind the mounting screw holes in the box.
 
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Old 06-27-21, 11:40 AM
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Thanks Pete!

One follow-up question- what do I do with the ground wire that's attached to the mounting bracket? The ground wire came permanently attached to the bracket but has about 4 inches hanging free. Since I don't have anything to attach it to, do I just leave it hanging in the electrical box with the rest of the wires?

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You can just roll it up and tuck it out of the way.
 
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Thanks so much Pete! Appreciate the help!!
 
 

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