How to Connect Ground Wires in Light Fixtures

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The trickiest part of installing a new light fixture is connecting the electrical wires. Connect ground wires for your lights safely and securely with instructions from an experienced remodeler in this free video on wiring light fixtures.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. In this segment, I'm going to show you how to connect the ground wires in a light fixture. When you're connecting up a new light fixture, you'll have one piece of Romex coming into your electrical box from your switch, and you'll have the wires coming off the new light you want to put in. Once you connect the black to the black and the white to the white, you'll have two ground wires, but also, you'll have a ground screw connected to your electrical box. Now, a great way to make that three point connection is to use what's called a pigtail, and what you do, is you hold your two ground wires together, and then you have a standalone piece of bare copper wire of the same gage that will also get pigtailed right to those other two ground wires. And the other end of that pigtail goes to your electrical box. So, what we have here. Here's your electrical box that's in the ceiling, and you have your wires coming from the switch. Here's your hot, neutral, and ground. And here's your new light fixture. Hot, neutral, ground. What you want to do is put all three of these wires together and I'm even going to use a green wire nut so that identifies ground. All those are nice and snug. Now what you have is a nice, clean lead to attach to the box ground. Make sure you make your loop in the same direction that your nut is tightening up and that will pull the wire underneath the screw. Thanks for watching. I'm Christ Palmer, that's how you connect the ground wires in your light fixture.

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