Wiring a floodlight indoors

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Old 10-22-02, 06:46 PM
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Wiring a floodlight indoors

Ha recently bought a 70 watt Floodlight that i need to wire inside. I have never done any kind of wiring and was wondering if i could just hook up the three wires (white, black, and green respectively) could i wire this into a regular wall-outlet? Someone please help me.
 
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Old 10-22-02, 07:36 PM
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What does the instructions that came with the fixture say ? Is it (the fixture) U.L listed and approved to be used indoors ? Some fixtures are approved for exterior use only.
 
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Old 10-23-02, 03:45 PM
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Im not sure if it is approved for use indoors. I'm just wondering if i was able to wire this into the fuse box or straight into an outlet. Is it possible to take apart an extension cord and splice the wires together and just plug the sucker into the wall!
Any response is much appreciated.
 
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Old 10-23-02, 04:10 PM
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It's possible to do so, but not safely. And it would be a mistake to use an outdoor fixture indoors. Outdoor fixtures may not have sufficient heat dissipation to be used safely indoors without starting a fire.
 
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Old 10-23-02, 05:12 PM
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ok guys, its a 70 watt high pressure sodium bulb. Approved for indoor use too! how do i run a new wire to a fuse box. I have a 220v outlet where i will be placing the light, could i use that? the fuse box is on the other side of the wall if i have to use that. i just dont know what the hell im doing. and i dont want to kill myself either.

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Old 10-23-02, 05:49 PM
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This is not a difficult job. But it can be a very dangerous job for someone inexperienced in electrical work. I'm just not sure I can adequately tell you enough in this forum for you to do the job safely.

The basic steps are:

(1) Put a new breaker in the panel.
(2) Mount a box where you want the new light.
(3) Run a cable to between the two, connecting the cable to the light at the box and the breaker in the panel.

If you want or need a wall switch to control this light, there are more steps involved.

The problem is that working inside the panel is dangerous and cannot be made safe. It is essential that you know exactly what you are doing before opening up the panel. You must also choose the right size breaker and the right size wire, or you will burn your house down. You must properly route, secure and protect the cable. And you must make excellent connections.

Any chance you can gain some electrical experience doing a simpler project? Any chance you can get an electrically experienced friend to look over your shoulder while you do this job? Do not merely accept the instructions of the employee in the electrical aisle at your local home improvement center -- there's too much risk for that.

If you intend to go ahead, I strongly urge you to educate yourself first. Go to the public library and check out two or three books on home wiring. Read them cover to cover. This will help you understand some of the principles involved. After that, come back here and ask more specific questions and we'll be happy to help you. We just don't want to help you kill yourself.
 
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Old 10-23-02, 06:23 PM
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We just don't want to help you kill yourself.
Good, thanks for the advice. I didnt realize that it was that difficult. Probably not for you, but. thanks anyways. and also thanks for that last bit of advice.
 
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