01:02PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 12/28/03
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I was at lowe's the other day looking at fluorescent lighting fixtures and the one I was interested happened to be the hard-wired kind. I asked the guy there if they sold the same model except with a plug, and he said I could just buy a plug and attach it to the hard wire model and plug it in to a normal socket.

Is that safe/possible? Would it be something a beginner could do?


Tom O

01:16PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Yes, it is possible. You have to use flexible cord and the cord from the fixture to where it plugs in must be visible over its entire length. The outlet must be directly above the fixture.


01:20PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 12/28/03
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Im sorry, the plug has to be directly above the fixture?

What do you mean?

Tom O

11:43AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
I meant exactly what I said.

Directly above means over the light fixture.You could have the outlet slightly off to the side & it is a judgement call as to how far is too far. 12" is too far IMO, 6" is probably OK.


08:05AM | 01/09/04
Member Since: 01/08/04
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When you buy the shop lights with cords the cord is about (a guess) 8" long. The ballast wiring is the same as it is for sheathed electrical cable, the only difference with a cord is the conductors are flexible. There will be a screw for the sheathed electrical cable ground - use it with the cord's green wire. Use the clamp/strain relief where the cord enters the metal enclosure to prevent chafing.


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