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Old 10-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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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.

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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.
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I'm not sure you would find it in the nec, as this is a manufactures decision, and they have their own codes.
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Thanks, do you know what codes they are regulated by?
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Can'y help you there, but they are made to some form of UL standard.
Is this something you are trying to sell?
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Why do you need documentation? Bare conductors are commonly used in grounding.

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

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NEC 400.22 deals with the grounded conductor, not the grounding conductor.
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What is the difference between groundED and groundING?

Grounded = Neutral wire

Grounding = Path to earth wire

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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.
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Thank you for all your help

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