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Lantisu10 10-26-2009 11:39 AM

How to Ground 3-to-2 prong grounding adapters
Hi, I have a lighting dimmer that only accepts 2 prong adapters. My lighting equipment however utilizes 3 prongs.

I purchased a few 3-to-2 prong grounding adapters (

I'm thinking about connecting the lighting equipment to the adapter, and then connecting the adapter to the lighting dimmer, and then the lighting dimmer to an outlet.

My problem is that the adapters clearly states in needs to be grounded. How would I go about doing this? Would it be okay to just connect the lighting dimmer to a surge protector?

Any help would be appreciated -- thanks!

trosenda 10-26-2009 12:22 PM

If the electrical box is appropriated grounded at the receptacle you are using, you can ground it to that using the screw in the center of the face plate cover. If your system is not grounded however then this solution will not ground the circuit. You will have to solve that problem first.

A surge protector is not a remedy for not having a ground in a circuit. A surge protector does just like it sounds: it protects the attached appliance from a circuit power surge (Excessive current)

Lantisu10 10-26-2009 01:23 PM

Thanks for the reply! I'll be connecting the adapter to the lighting dimmer and not to a wall outlet, so I won't have access to an easy ground.

Are there any techniques to ground the adapter in this situation?

Jim Port 10-26-2009 01:50 PM

Sorry, but receptacle outlets are prohibited by the NEC from being controlled by a dimmer.

trosenda 10-26-2009 01:55 PM

It seems in that case if you really want a ground the best solution is to buy a dimmer with a ground.

Otherwise, I can only see using a green 14 gauge stranded wire to a grounding screw in a grounded electrical box and grounding the 2 prong adapter with a nut and small bolt to the green wire. I'm not sure that would be a practical or very esthetically pleasing solution though.

trosenda 10-26-2009 01:56 PM

I think the original post refers to a plug in type dimmer

Lantisu10 10-26-2009 02:16 PM

Sorry, I should have posted more details about the equipment.

The dimmers are these:

The lights I'm using with the dimmers are these:

I shoot interviews with the lights. Have previously used filters to cut the intensity of the light, but thought I would try out dimmers. Seems I bought poor dimmers.

AllanJ 10-26-2009 03:57 PM

Connect the ground lug or terminal on the 3 prong to 2 prong adapter directly to a known ground (using a 14 gauge wire). You will need to find a known ground as suggested above. The ground can even be a water pipe if that does not have a plastic section between where you attach the wire and where the ground wire from the panel is clamped on down in the basement.

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