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Old 05-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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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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If you cut back the jacket of the cable you may find out the ground has been cut off.
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