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Wiring I am wiring a ceiling fixture to a elec, outdoor (orange cord) I just wanted to know if I should just cap off the extra green wire from the outdoor cord. I have wired the white with white and the black with black... Thanks

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The green wire you are speaking of is just an earth ground wire. You can either just cap it off with an appropriate sized wire nut or tape which ever you prefer. Or you could just try to attach it to metal on the light fixture if you are sure neither of the other two are attached to the same metal. It is just an earth ground. I hope this helped.
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