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Motorcycle Headlight Lamp Conversion
By Dave Rongey
How to Convert a Motorcycle Headlight Lamp into a Light Fixture
Convert a Motorcycle Headlight Lamp.
I have a really cool vintage motorcycle headlight that I want to make into an indoor lamp. How do I change the power supply from a battery to standard indoor electric power cord. Will a regular lamp kit work or does the headlight have to be converted somehow?
Hi Crystal - Great Electrical Repair Question!
Well Crystal to convert this jewel to a 120 volt lamp you'll need to install a 120 volt rated lamp socket and 3-wire lamp cord, the third wire being a ground.
Find out what the original Watt Lamp was and find a 120 volt lamp socket and bulb that will fit nicely into the housing.
The intent is to protect the fixture and the user, and make it safe to create a cool conversation piece that will be around for a long time.
Creative people such as yourself restore older fixtures quite a bit. The biggest factor is to Ground it and also that the polarity on the socket is correct. Neutral on the outside portion of the lamp socket and the Power to the center point of the socket.
Let me know if this helps, and I'd Love to see the results of your handy work, maybe you can email a picture!
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester, [amazon.com], I use for the detection of Standard Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
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