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teedoe 10-02-2012 10:52 AM

NEC and Hanging Fixture Wires
All the hanging fixtures/chandeliers in my house have bare non-insulated ground wires. Is this the standard in the National Electric Code? I have looked under fixtures Article 402 and have not been able to find where this is accepted.

jbfan 10-02-2012 10:56 AM

Just fine.

teedoe 10-02-2012 10:59 AM

Thank you for the quick response. Can you point me in the direction where it is stated in the NEC. I am rewiring a chandelier and want documentation to back up my work for having a non-insulated ground.

jbfan 10-02-2012 11:06 AM

I'm not sure you would find it in the nec, as this is a manufactures decision, and they have their own codes.

teedoe 10-02-2012 11:15 AM

Thanks, do you know what codes they are regulated by?

jbfan 10-02-2012 11:20 AM

Can'y help you there, but they are made to some form of UL standard.
Is this something you are trying to sell?

Jim Port 10-02-2012 11:20 AM

Why do you need documentation? Bare conductors are commonly used in grounding.

This may be covered in the UL White Book. IDK.

teedoe 10-02-2012 11:20 AM

I think I found it in NEC 400.22 A

Colored Braid. A braid finished to show a white or gray color and the braid on the other conductor or conductors finished to show a readily distinguishable solid color or colors.

Thanks for your help though.

Jim Port 10-02-2012 11:23 AM

NEC 400.22 deals with the grounded conductor, not the grounding conductor.

teedoe 10-02-2012 11:29 AM

What is the difference between groundED and groundING?

Grounded = Neutral wire

Grounding = Path to earth wire

Jim Port 10-02-2012 11:36 AM

The grounded conductor is the return path for the current. The grounding conductor is for safety should a wiring fault occur to a metal surface.

teedoe 10-02-2012 11:36 AM

Thank you for all your help

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