I am hoping to put two 4ft flourescent lights in my garage where it only had a single light bulb before. I have never done anything electrical so even the simplest job is all new to me. My question is, do I need to ground each light fixture with the bare wire? Or do I connect the hot, neutral and ground wires to each light then ground only the second/last light with the bare wire? I have searched this & other sites, I can't find the answer to this simple question. Any help would be great.

  • if there is a ground wire in the existing light junction box, then just run the three wires to the first fixture and then to the second fixture
    – jsotola
    Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 1:45
  • Check out the LED fixtures before you commit to fluorescent.
    – Tyson
    Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 1:47
  • Unfortunately they keep making the light quality better and better on actual fluorescent. I'm staying with them, plus can't beat the price. Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 2:19
  • I do appreciate the responses but I have flourescent. I'm not asking which is better, I'm sure led is fine but the wiring is what I know absolutely nothing about.
    – user81496
    Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 3:25
  • @Harper they keep making better LED too, a year ago I wouldn't have thought I would ever be happy with fluorescent replacements.
    – Tyson
    Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 15:02

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You run hot, neutral and ground to each of the lights.

The bare wire and the ground are one and the same.

One thing I often do is fit receptacles on the ceiling (inside junction boxes of course) and use fluorescent lights which plug in via a cord - many fluorescents come with a 6 inch (150mm) cord, some with a 6' (2m) or longer cord. Sometimes one well placed receptacle can serve two fluorescent lights.

I'm not a fan yet, but many people like LED "fluorescent replacements". New real fluorescents are neck and neck for quality IMO.

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