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How to Safely Use Light Fixtures From Other Countries

The key difference with dual voltage light fixtures from other countries and how they may be used.

The Key Difference With Foreign Light Fixtures

Question: I’d like to know if lighting bought from USA will work in Australia. On some website it has “input voltage 110V or 220V”, what does this mean?

This electrical question came from John, a Homeowner from Brisbane Australia, Other

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question John.
Dual Voltage Light Fixture Safety
John, typical voltages for most countries that is used for household light fixtures is 110 volts or 220 volts. Some countries have the provision of using either voltage, and adapters may be used in some applications to allow the use of a dual voltage light fixture. The input voltage that is being referred to is the voltage of the home which the light fixture will be connected to. The key issue is if the light fixture manufacturer has specified that the light fixture may be in fact used for the voltage that you have at your household in your part of the world. This should be clearly marked or identified on the light fixture. All of the components of the light fixture must be rated for the same voltage in the home location as well, including the light bulb, the switch, the wiring, and the plug. Once this compatibility and compliance has been established then the light fixture may be safely used. As with any light fixture, it is best to consult the manufacturer for complete guidelines and approved voltage ratings.

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