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I am replacing a chandelier with new one, No ground wire in old chandelier and my vaulted ceiling is at least 30 feet high. Can I just not connect the ground wire and coil it up so it is out of the way at the base of the hanging part of the new chandelier?

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Ground wires are there to prevent a metal chassis from becoming live in a electrical fault. if the chandelier is out of range of human contact, the ground wire is not necessary (although, legally it may be.). For safety, look at GFCI options- either at the panel, or by taking the power to the switch off a nearby GFCI outlet. Then, just coil the ground wire up and tuck it away.

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diy.stackexchange.com/questions/10087/…. see this. –  Chris Cudmore Nov 13 '11 at 20:05

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