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Adding ground wire to led floodlight

I ordered two of the 10watt led flood lights, and opened the box to see there was no wire for a ground line. There is only a blue and brown wire (on the 10in, unwired cord).
How does one install a ground wire into one of these flood lights?
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i currently used the 10w flood leds. if i remember correctly its:

Yellow:green
Blue:white
Brown:black

the led's only had 2 wires. just match the 2. u dont need the 3rd wire.
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Are you concerned with using a metal cover or such? If you do feel a ground is needed for the cover, switching the cord out for a three wire and screwing/bolting it to the cover would ground the cover.
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Are you concerned with using a metal cover or such? If you do feel a ground is needed for the cover, switching the cord out for a three wire and screwing/bolting it to the cover would ground the cover.
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Only if the cover is metal. If the cover is plastic it won't ground (plastic is an insulator)

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Are you concerned with using a metal cover or such? If you do feel a ground is needed for the cover, switching the cord out for a three wire and screwing/bolting it to the cover would ground the cover.
Yeah that was my concern as the cover is aluminum. Thanks for the advice! Ill be heading over to home depot tomorrow!
Is there any specific wire I should look for the LED fixture?
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An Led fixture is probably going to be a low current item?? Just use about the same wire as original if you had one. Likely to be fine with just any small three wire cord.
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What lights are these? Any idea of what par they put off at 24"?

Do they work well?

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Yeah that was my concern as the cover is aluminum. Thanks for the advice! Ill be heading over to home depot tomorrow!
Is there any specific wire I should look for the LED fixture?
all you need is a three strand length of wire. probably in 12-14 gauge range, possibly smaller. for the color code on the light wiring, its a European color code. brown is the hot wire and blue is neutral. for the ground, just attach it to the housing with a small screw or bolt and a ring terminal.
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