I have a 220volt outlet.

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Old 07-26-18, 07:42 AM
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I have a 220volt outlet.

Is it possible to buy/make a converter so that I can safely use half of the 220 volt outlet for a 110volt lamp.
I realize I could rewire the outlet totally, but rather not.
 
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Old 07-26-18, 08:13 AM
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Nominal voltages are 120 and 240. If it is 4-wire (H-H-N-G) and the breaker matches the the amperage required for your use yes.
 
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I suppose I worded my question poorly, I asked if it were possible, well of course I meant, how is the easiest way to do this, since I have in the wall a 3 pronged receptacle designed for "240" volt out, and wish to utilize that receptacle for a 120volt lamp. Can I buy a simple plug in converter? Or do I have to actually remove the 3 prong 240 receptacle and replace it. In effect changing it to a normal 120volt house receptacle.
 
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Old 07-26-18, 09:56 AM
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I have in the wall a 3 pronged receptacle designed for "240" volt out
Then either you don't have a neutral and there is no 120 volts at the receptacle or you have a neutral and no ground. In either case an adaptor can't be used. If there is no ground just a neutral and two hots the cable to the receptacle can't be used for conversion to 120 volts.
 
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Im sorry darnit, Yes it is a 4 prong plug, We had bought a 240V Air Cond some 10 yrs ago and I wired the receptacle, and a couple of years ago replaced the AC with a new 120v unit, and had a 110 recept. close by and have been using it, but the loss of the receptacle to the AC has made lighting difficult.
I was thinking maybe I could Jury rig a short 1 foot extension cord using 12ga wire for the 4 prong to a 3 prong...or do they sell a converter.

My alternative is to go in the cellar pull the 220 circuit breaker and replace with 120v CB and utilize just 2 wires and a grnd of the existing 4 conductor wire
 
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If the circuit for the 240V outlet has a neutral then yes you can get 120V. What size amp is the 240V circuit/outlet? If larger than 20A you should change the breaker to 20A or less if you make up an adapter to go from the 4 prong 240V outlet to a standard 120V 15A/20A outlet. If the 240V outlet is not needed then just replace it with a standard 120V outlet and cap off one of the hot wire, but do change the existing breaker if greater than 20A to a 15A or 20A.
 
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You never needed a 4-wire receptacle however assuming you have hot, hot, neutral, ground you can remove the existing receptacle and install a 120 volt receptacle. Cap the red on both ends and use black, neutral ground. If the breaker is 20 amps you could use it or better swap for a single pole breaker and a blank filler.
 
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Old 07-27-18, 05:43 PM
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It would be easier to make a change in the panel than.what you are.exploring. If this is a dedicated circuit it. Will not be hard.
 
 

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