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Old 05-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Grounding Issue

Hi all,

I'm currently trying to install a wall sconce, but I'm having a bit of difficulty.

The previous owners had sconces, but I'm not sure if their set-up was safe. I've taken some pictures to help. Here's the deal:

Rather than a junction box, they appear to just have wires sticking out of the wall (one 'hot' wire and a 'neutral'). There is no ground wire. Additionally, the mounting bracket for the sconce isn't attached to any box, it's just drilled into the wall.

The sconce, on the other hand, has a hot wire, a neutral wire, and a ground. So, basically, my question is this: Should I ignore the ground wire altogether? Or should I attach a small nut to the mounting frame to act as a grounding nut? OR, is this setup just wildly unsafe?

Since the sconce, itself, is metal and is operated by a switch on the device, I'm very concerned about the risk of shocking someone. Thank you so much for the help.

Here are the pictures:

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You need a junction box installed in the wall. The bracket attaches to the jbox.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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If you cut back the jacket of the cable you may find out the ground has been cut off.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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