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I recently had an in-ground pool put in and want to install and wire-up 4 light posts. I will connect the metal light posts to the #8 copper bonding wire surrounding the pool. But, my question is whether I should connect the ground coming from the electrical panel to the bonding wire surrounding the pool. Is this bonding wire already connected to the ground on the electrical panel? If not, could this create a ground loop where current would flow?
 

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The metal post only have to connected to the pool bond wire if they are 5 feet or closer to the pool edge.
The pool bond wire usually connects to the pool motor, heater. It is not required to go to thepanel.
Do n ot connect the lamp grounds to the pool ponding wire.
 

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Do n ot connect the lamp grounds to the pool ponding wire.
The lamp grounds would still have to be connected to the fixtures, which are attached to the posts, which are attached to the bonding wire. So they would all end up connected anyway.
 
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