Failing to ground a light fixture. Help

I asked my husband to turn a brass boat prop into a hanging light fixture. It doesn't seem to be Grounding because the light is very dim. Any ideas?

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Toga_Dan3 months ago

put that bulb in another lamp. Is it brighter

Toga_Dan Toga_Dan3 months ago

test 2: remove fixture from its location, connect it to a pigtail plug (cut an extension cord for this) . Do Not touch it while plugging in. Does it light well?

Cravinsalt (author)  Toga_Dan3 months ago
Thanks toga Dan. He got it working!!!

cool. What was the problem?

Yonatan243 months ago

Wait... The light is very dim because it isn't grounded properly? I'm not sure that makes sense. Safety first!

+1.

Downunder35m3 months ago

Ground has nothing to do light output - on mains power that is.
If running on battery power "ground" would usually be negative.
In case you are dealing with mains power I strongly suggest to have the lamp checked by someone qualified ;)

+1.

sorebigtoe3 months ago

If this light is being run over mains you will definitely need to have a ground/earth for your safety. I would urge you to consult an electrician straight away.