3 wire light fixture to 2 wire cord


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Old 06-20-24, 07:16 PM
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3 wire light fixture to 2 wire cord

I have a 3 wire (black, white, bare) metal light fixture that I want to connect to a cord that I can plug into an outlet. Want to know how to connect the wires? Was thinking I could just leave the ground unconnected but was not sure. Or do I need to buy a 3 prong cord?
 
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You can use the two wire and leave the uninsulated wire off, but a three wire grounded cord would be safer.
 
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Ok, thank you
 
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Since the light fixture is metal, highly recommend shell be connected to ground. Don't rely on wire colors in fixture and cord to make connections. Use continuity to connect cord wire going into the narrower slot of the outlet to the fixture wire going to the center connection of the lamp socket. Also use continuity to connect cord wire going into the wide slot of the outlet to the fixture wire going to the outer connection of the lamp socket. Connect ground wire of cord anywhere on fixture shell.
 
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beelzebob I have one question about the ground. If the bare wire is connected to the light fixtures frame already is it ok to connect the green wire from the cord to that?
 
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Yes, those wires can be connected.
 
 

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