Wiring light fixture direct to plug

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Old 04-25-13, 12:32 PM
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Wiring light fixture direct to plug

I have a light fixture with four sockets and each has a white and black wire

I looked up briefly and see that most people say connect white wire to the larger (neutral) prong.

I have a leftover two prong plug I can use

Is this okay for me to do?

Will I just be shocked if I plug in wrong and be okay if I do the right way?

The case is metal for the bulbs and theres this copper thing that leans against the casing but not connected to anything

This is what I have:

Progress Lighting P3298-30 4-Light Broadway Lighting Strips Sockets On 6-Inch Centers and UL Listed For Ceiling Mounting with 25 Watt Maximum Lamps, White - Amazon.com
 
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Old 04-25-13, 12:50 PM
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That is a fixture that is designed to be hardwired. I don't see a way to safely wire it with a cord set. Why are you not hard wiring it as the manufacturer intended?
 
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Old 04-25-13, 12:52 PM
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I saw something on the description that made me think it had a power plug

I saw eHow has instructions but they only say to use a grounded plug

Can a Wall Light Fixture Be Wired to Plug Into an Outlet? | eHow.com

This guy also has easy steps

DIY: How to Turn a Hardwired Light Fixture (i.e. a Chandelier) Into a Lamp with Plug

I couldn't find any four socket lights or similar light strips with regular power plugs, I got the closest thing I need to use bulbs for an indoor nursury
 
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Old 04-25-13, 12:56 PM
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You can do it. The question is safety and code compliance.
 
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Old 04-25-13, 01:34 PM
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test

I just tested on a lower power source and it worked

white to larger prong
 
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Old 04-25-13, 03:24 PM
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I got the closest thing I need to use bulbs for an indoor nursury
There are strip fluorescent fixtures that are made with a cord set, and many of those that don't come with one can safely have one added. Fluorescent tubes that are specially made to be eddestive "grow lights' are commonly available.

As Ray said,
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That is a fixture that is designed to be hardwired. I don't see a way to safely wire it with a cord set.
Why don't you just buy and use the products that are already made to do what you want?
 
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I already have an asston of 5500K bulbs
 
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Old 04-25-13, 05:02 PM
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I already have an asston of 5500K bulbs
With medium screw bases, right? Then you should either hardwire that fixture or buy or make one that can be safely connected with a cord set.
 
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what's the major risk here?
 
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Old 04-25-13, 05:37 PM
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what's the major risk here?
Electrocution; is that something you are concerned with?
 
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Old 04-25-13, 05:40 PM
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in what case?

I have no exposed wires and i wont be touching the wiring.

A bigger risk would be the bulbs breaking and mercury coming out
 
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Old 04-25-13, 06:07 PM
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what's the major risk here?
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in what case?

I have no exposed wires and i wont be touching the wiring.

A bigger risk would be the bulbs breaking and mercury coming out

You have a metal body wall or ceiling fixture that is designed to be hardwired and grounded. You are planning on wiring a cord to it with a non-grounding plug. What you are planning on doing might work, but it's a jeryrig. Incandescent bulbs contain no mercury.
 
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Old 04-25-13, 06:10 PM
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right. if I connected it right and have wires seperate and closed off I think I will be good

Mod Note: What the OP is planning to do is a violation of code and creates a hazard. It should not be done.
 

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