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    converting hardwired to plug-in - GFCI solution

    I bought some hard-wired sconces which must be converted to plug-ins. Problem is their ground wires can not be used (Lutron's plug-in lamp dimmers are only 2-prong). Will installing GFCI outlets be a safe way to get around the grounding problem? I read the NEC allows this. Sconces are brushed nickel which I looked up isn't very high on the conductivity chart anyway. Thanks anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralf View Post
    I bought some hard-wired sconces which must be converted to plug-ins. Problem is their ground wires can not be used (Lutron's plug-in lamp dimmers are only 2-prong). Will installing GFCI outlets be a safe way to get around the grounding problem? I read the NEC allows this. Sconces are brushed nickel which I looked up isn't very high on the conductivity chart anyway. Thanks anybody.
    Fixtures that are meant to be used without a ground wire (standard table and floor lamps) have their insulation specifically tested for that use.
    Hardwired fixtures, on the other hand, may rely on the ground wire for extra safety to pass the tests.
    There is no way to do what you want safely, even with an electrician involved, although a GFCI protected circuit would improve things.

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