In my grandparent's house, in the basement, the previous owner installed a bathroom on one side. They put up two walls, one separating it from the laundry room, the other from the "main" area. My great uncle "installed" a light for my grandfather. Here's how he wired it.
Pic 1, a picture of the light. Yes that's a grounded outlet on the side.
Pic 2, a piece of two-wire (non-grounded) SO Cord run through the newer wall, up and parallel to the joists. The cable is not "secured" at all in the run.
Pic 3, the other end. It's plugged into a socket-to-receptacle adapter. My finger's there to block the light glare.
Oh, in that case, it's just a corded appliance, not an electrical installation. What's the problem??
Besides, not grounding the metal case eliminates the risk of a ground fault. And that receptacle is an inaccessible basement receptacle, so why would anyone even consider adding GFCI protection or a ground?
(Edit: for the vocational students, this is known as sarcasm!)
[This message has been edited by SteveFehr (edited 10-29-2006).]
you people with your bathroom outlets are really lucky. My aunt's old house had one (1) ceiling light fixture in a bathroom with a 9' ceiling. Every morning, she would run her hair dryer and curling iron on an old orange extension cord. Eventually, they moved into a new house, and to the best of my knowlege the house has not been rewired yet. They moved out 6 years ago, and the house has had several owners sence then. It was a 100a. 2w. service for a 4200sq. foot house. No air conditioner, though.