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Light Fixture Conversions and Electrical Safety


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I want to convert a brand new hard wire fixture to a plug in – is this safe to do?

How to Know if Light Fixture Conversions Are Safe
Background: Mara, a Homeowner from

Question: I want to convert a brand new hard wire fixture to a plug in. The fixture has a white, black & ground wire. Also a ceramic base for the 60 watt incandescent bulb. The instructions say to connect with wiring rated for at least 167 degrees F. Can I use 2 wire lamp cord? What about the ground wire? Can I put the switch on the cord? Is this safe to do?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Mara.
Mara your last question was the most important – is this safe to do? The answer is this – If this fixture is designed to be hard wired, that is connected using electrical conduit or to mount to an electrical junction box then you should not convert it.  When the design of a light fixture has been altered or the wiring of the fixture has been changed where it no longer provides circuit integrity , safety and grounded protection then a conversion should not be performed. Understandably, I have not detailed information to go by, so this is the best advise I can provide for you.

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