Grounding a light fixture ?

Old 12-15-18, 06:52 AM
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Grounding a light fixture ?

Hi, this is a very remedial question, but I want to do this correctly. I'm replacing a chandelier, connected to two wall switches, with a new flush mount light. I've attached a picture of the current j box with the chandelier still wired in (below). The box has two Romex wires coming in, the wires on the bottom in the picture don't seem to be attached to anything and are hot even with the switches turned off. The wires on the top go to the fixture. I will wire the the new fixture just like the existing. My question is on the ground. All of the ground wires in the box, including the fixture ground are attached and wire nutted together, but they are not attached to the green fixture ground screw. Is that incorrect? The new fixture has a large ceiling mount plate and will require the removal of the existing strap and ground screw. I was going to attach the new fixture ground wire to the screw on the new mount plate and buy a ground pigtail from HD to also attach to the new fixture mount plate and then twist it in with the existing wire nutted grounds. Does that sound correct?
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Old 12-15-18, 07:10 AM
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Yes, the metal strap should also be grounded somehow.

You can either add a pigtail, or loop the light fixture ground around the screw and then connect the ground wire to the grounds in the box.

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