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I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I need to put it back together. I see that there is the ground wire but I did not notice where was attached to. Does that wire need to be screwed in with the centerpiece?

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Can you post a link to a photo of the light fitting. Without being able to see the light fitting any answer is little more than a guess,. –  ChrisF Apr 15 '13 at 11:13
    
Is the light fixture attached to a metal, or plastic box? Does the light fixture, or the fixture strap have a green screw anywhere on them? –  Tester101 Apr 15 '13 at 11:48
    
I'm VTC NARQ as OP hasn't responded with critical information. –  Chris Cudmore Apr 16 '13 at 17:50
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It's not clear exactly what your situation is, and I'm not sure if you have a ground in the supply, or on the fixture, or both. So I'll try to cover all possible situations.

No grounds

If there are not ground wires, do nothing. You're done.

Metal box

Ground in supply, ground on fixture

If there is a ground in the feeder cable, and a ground wire or screw on the fixture. Attach both the supply ground and the fixture ground to the box, using either a green screw or a ground clip

Ground ScrewGround Clip

If the ground screw, or clip is not rated to accept multiple wires (most aren't). Use a grounding twist-on wire connector to connect all the ground wires, then attach the pigtail to the box using a green screw or ground clip.

Grounding twist-on wire connector

Ground in supply, no ground on fixture

If you have a metal box, a ground wire in the feeder cable, but no ground wire/screw attached to the fixture. Attach the feeder ground wire to the metal box using a green screw or a ground clip.

In this case, when the fixture is attached to the box it should be bonded through the attachment method.

No ground in supply, ground on fixture

If there is no ground in the feeder cable, but there is a ground wire or screw attached to the fixture. Attach the ground wire of the fixture to the box, using a green screw or ground clip. In this situation the outlet may be feed with Type AC or MC cable, and the box may be grounded on the exterior of the box. Or the outlet may not be grounded at all, in which case the fixture ground is useless.

Nonmetallic box

Ground in supply, ground on fixture

If you have a ground in the feeder cable, and a ground screw or wire on the fixture. Use a twist-on wire connector, or crimp connector to connect all grounds together.

Ground in supply, no ground on fixture

If there is a ground wire in the feeder cable, but no ground screw or wire on the fixture. If a fixture strap is used, attach the ground wire to the fixture strap using a green screw or ground clip.

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If a fixture strap is not used, leave the ground wire folder neatly in the back of the box.

No ground in supply, ground on fixture

If you don't have a ground in the feeder cable, but there is a ground wire or screw on the fixture. Don't make any ground connections.

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