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Be Careful With Light Fixture Conversions

I am trying to use a 100watt metal halide bulb in a normal lamp fixture, and am wondering if there is any way to do this with the correct modifications…


Electrical Question from Lewis about Light Fixture Wiring
Background: Lewis , a Handyman from South Carolina

Question: I am trying to use a 100watt metal halide bulb in a normal lamp fixture, and am wondering if there is any way to do this with the correct modifications? Basically I am trying to use a 100watt metal halide bulb in an outside building, plugging it in a wall socket that is 120v. I have learned a m90 ballast is needed to use this bulbs. Can I add a ballast in my wiring from the wall to the lamp and use the lamp that way? This is what I want to do. I want to be able to use a 100watt metal halide bulb in a normal lamp fixture that would be found in a home. How do I need to do this, or can it be done. If so, what do I need, and how do i do it. I appreciate the support, and really like your site.

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Lewis .
You should not convert a regular fixture to a metal halide light because of voiding the UL listing and other safety reasons. Why not just purchase a metal halide fixture?

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