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Is Modifying a Light Fixture Safe?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Safe Alternatives to get More Light from a Light Fixture and Why Light Fixture Modifications Could be Hazardous

Why Light Fixture Modifications Could be Hazardous

Electrical Question: Hi Dave. I have a regular lamp that is not giving me enough light but I like that it has an extension arm. My question is, if I replace the socket (where the light bulb screws in) with a tri-light socket will that allow me to use a higher wattage tri-light bulb. Will it work and is it safe? Thanks, Anita

This electrical question came from: Anita, a Homeowner from Truro, Canada

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Anita

Light Fixture Modifications Could be Hazardous

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2 Responses to “Is Modifying a Light Fixture Safe?”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Pete,
    I really doubt there would be a problem as long as the lamp uses the same voltage and is the same physical size. Check the LED lamp for compatibility and you may want to check with the fixture manufacturer as well.
    Dave

  2. pete says:

    Hi, If I have a light fixture that uses a par38 halogen lamp and replace it with a par38 LED lamp, will i void the UL listing of the light fixture?

    thanks!