At a bank today changing ballasts in some large chandeliers, (4-pin, 2-lamp dimmable, 18w, 120v.) Lutron 3 wire dimmers. The grounded conductors are 18awg 105C. The black and orange leads going into the ballasts are fine, but the grounded conductor leads are discolored and brittle. Possible reason: no egc to ballast, there is a bare egc in down rod then attached to ballast bracket @threaded rod supporting the bracket above the big alabaster globe. Any ideas?