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I have been reading some posts here and am still unclear. I have an old fixture that I want to install. The fixture does not have a ground wire. Just white and black. My ceiling wires have a ground as well as one white and one black.

Do I simply attach the bare copper to the ceiling box with a screw? I have tested to see if the ground wire is properly grounded by putting my tester on the bare copper and the black.

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    Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. Does the fixture have a substantial amount of metal that could be grounded? Will it get bonded to the box when you mount it? (A picture could be helpful.) – Daniel Griscom Nov 17 '18 at 17:14
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    Is the fixture likely to be touched by anyone in normal use (once it's mounted)? – bib Nov 17 '18 at 17:35
  • The fixture isn't likely to be touched by anyone after it is installed. I intent to screw the ground wire #1 into the screw hole #2 then mount the light. – Ken Cheney Nov 18 '18 at 15:35
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Many light fixtures are not grounded. If once installed there is no exposed metal even a brand new UL listed fixture may not have a ground. With a metal box the ground wire should be attached to the box by code. Once you connect the fixture to the box it would be grounded if it needed it.

  • Thank you for confirming what I had in my head – Ken Cheney Nov 18 '18 at 18:18

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