Earth confusion

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Its not a great drawing, but there is no point in connecting the earth tag from the pendant lamp, unless its then earthed through the lighting cable.

You need to connect both earths to that earth screw to ensure a continuous earth.

That of course assumes your lighting circuit is correctly earthed, but I assume you are replacing an existing fitting - Was the old fitting plastic? If so you should consider whether there really is an earth (rather than just assuming that an earth wire coming from the ceiling is connected to anything). How old is the installation?

But assuming its recent wiring and properly done, then connecting both earths to that screw is all you need to do.


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