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three cats

08:50PM | 06/06/10
Member Since: 05/14/03
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Bvelectrical
I have 2 hardwired lights above my mantle. We are going to replace them. The lights I like (and can afford) are plug-in wall lights (IKEA, Lowe's, Home Depot). My questions: (1) Can a plug-in lamp be changed to a hardwired lamp (these are wall lights)? (2) Where would I learn how to do it? (3) Is it something only an electrician should do? (4) Any idea what it might cost to have an electrician change them for us? My husband will be installing them himself. Thank you for any help! Betty

TimBonham

09:52PM | 06/06/10
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Yes, you can usually convert plugin lights to a wired fixture. Basically. you jut cut the plug off and connect the 2 wires to the wires in the junction box. But you may have a problem with the fixtures themself -- they are probably not designed to be mounted permanently, and that may be hard to fix.

Another option is to change the current hardwired light connections to put a plug there. That may be a good idea for the future -- then you can use any kind of plugin lamp for this, controlled by the existing switch.

three cats

05:44PM | 06/07/10
Member Since: 05/14/03
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Thank you, Tim. Those are great ideas. Thanks for writing. Betty

BV003720

12:08PM | 03/29/14
Tim, how do I change the hardwired light to an outlet? is it as simple as cutting off the old fixture and using the 2 wires there and hooking them into an outlet?
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