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three cats

08:50PM | 06/06/10
Member Since: 05/14/03
50 lifetime posts
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
199 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
50 lifetime posts
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?

BV021235

12:29AM | 01/03/20
what if the lamp is meant to be hanging, but is a plug in instead of hardwired. Can I simply mount it to the ceiling as I would with a hardwired version? What additional items would I need to make it look good?

BV022242

02:37PM | 04/26/20
Yes. Connect black to black and white to white

BV022222

02:54PM | 04/26/20
You're a little late on the answer.

BV023395

05:09PM | 09/22/20
What do you connect the ceiling ground wire to? The fixture has a plug I'm cutting off and only 2 wires.

BV023520

08:36AM | 10/08/20
Many plug in lights are self grounding. No need for the grounding wire when hard wiring. Just make sure the wires are joined in a junction box and not just dangling around.

BV023614

01:50AM | 10/18/20
You guys are clueless

BV023752

07:32AM | 11/07/20
BV023614 Wow what a helpful comment! Clueless eh? Please, please, please enlighten us.


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