Hard-Wired Lighting Fixture Conversion to Swag


Old 02-05-00, 10:45 AM
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How do I take a new hanging light fixture (designed to be hard-wire installed) and convert it into a 'plug-in' swag fixture? It already is a chain-drop fixture (from the canopy plate) and I'd like to add more chain, and rewire it so I can simply hang it from a ceiling hook and plug it into an existing outlet.
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Old 02-05-00, 01:02 PM
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You will need to completely rewire the main fixture lead wiring.
You can purchase what are called swag kits of various lenths, color of chain, the wire will match to suit your circumstance and all will have a ground wire.
Then if this is a single shell lamp fixture, the wire will go directly on the screw, color accordingly, marked side of cord will be neutral.
If you have a multi shell fixture, then there will be a junction section on the bottom where all the leads from each shell are tied to the fixtures main lead.
Good luck.
Old 02-05-00, 02:07 PM
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hi Laurie,
theres no reasion to buy a swag kit, all u need to do is go get yourself the chain u wish 2 use and rewire the lamp useing new lamp cord, whin u rewire the light just leave off canape the attaches to the celling box, all u will have whin finished is the lamp and chain with the cord. like david said if this is a single light lamp u will connect directly to the lamp socket, put the nutural to the shell of the socket (place where the bulb screws into threaded part) nuturan on the lamp cord will be identified in some way (slash marks, a ridge, flat ect.), u may have 2 looke close to tell but it will be diferent in some way from other wire. hook the hot to the buttion in the socket (small buttion in bottom of socket). whin u install the plug in hook the nutural to the largest blade of the plugin, im also assuming u will be installing a switch u need to put this in on the hot side of the lamp cord useing an inlie switch.
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