wire a light for portability

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Old 10-30-06, 05:18 PM
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wire a light for portability

Hey, I'm planning on getting one of these lights:
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and I would like to wire one of these lights to a 3prong cable that I can plug into any wall jack.

What would I need to accomplish this.
 

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Links are not good links. If one goes to the home page for the website, it requires a Canadian Zip Code. Upon entering a Canadian Zip Code, all light fixtures offered tend to be ceiling or wall-mounted light fixtures, neither of which are intended to be portable. Wall mounted fixtures, however, can be mounted on different walls and plugged into outlets. Wall mounted light fixtures tend not to require a three-prong plug, at least in the US. Outdoor equipment and power tools and appliances require a three-prong plug. There are three-prong adapters available.

If you could be more specific about the type of light fixture that you intend to make 'portable,' a professional electrician can be of assistance in regard to how to do what you want to do as well as the practicality of such a DIY project.

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ok well it is a wall mount light, that is meant to be hard wired, but I want to hook it up so that I can take it anywhere and it will work...there is a method to do this right?
 
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Is it the halogen fixture?? If so you can get them pretty cheap already set uo for portability.

Is this what you're looking for ??
http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/4915955
 
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pretty much looks the same, just with out all the bars's etc.,

but i have access to a real good deal on just hardwired versions, so I want to make them portable...how would i do it
 
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there is a method to do this right?
 
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by the time you bought all the parts to make a hardwired light safely portable, you could buy a portable light cheeper.

Then you would need to do the labor to make the changes.
 
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still how would I do it, I really am interested....can someone please help me out
 
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shred_head,

I don't think anyone can help you on this.
These wall mounted fixtures are approved and meant to be attached to something firm and also up high enough to be out of harms way.
The glass lens is thinner than on portables and the housings get hotter.
I once did have a couple I threw together. One tipped over and broke the glass and the other burnt through a cord when someone moved it on a job and let the cord touch the top of the fixture.

We really are carefull about safety here and this project would not be safe.
HF has a 500 watt halogen lamp for $12.99 which is less than the electrical parts needed to modify your wall fixture.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=30858
 
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ok, well understood, but..
The reason I want to do this is 1, because of the deal I got on them

and 2,

I want to be able to wire up a foot switch to turn them on and off, similar style foot switch to say....a headlight switch in a older truck...

as for protection of the light....I was going to box the light in a small slanted box with plexiglass or some material on top.. in a shape like a right angle triangle. lying on it's longest flat side.

where the slanted portion is where the plexi material is as well somehwere on the box itself is the foot switch

see this was going to be used with my band on stage..as sort of a footrest with a light in it. I think it would be a hassle taking the "stand" portion of these lights you guys are recommending, as well the fact that it already goes to a 3 pronger I can't think of a way to hard wire a footswitch like i'm saying for it.

Any Ideas?
 
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Old 10-31-06, 06:49 PM
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We are talking safety here and if you are going to be using these on a stage that is a bigger incentive to not do this.
You would be putting the public at risk not only yourselves.
You need to understand how hot these lights get.
The housings get hot enough to melt right through a rubber cord lying on top of them...........your plexiglass cover won't stand a chance.
The switch would also have to be rated for 120 volts. A truck dimmer switch would not be useable.

As far as ideas the only one I have is for you to try something different.
Again, these lights were not meant to be used for what you want to do with them.
Besides that these lights give off a blinding glare.

There are 150 watt screw in spot and flood lamps that can be had with a plastic fixture that is meant to be floor or ground mounted that would give a better light and be safer.
 
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ok, I have tried these 150's and they are not bright enough
so i was thinking 250 or 300..would these spot/flood lights be safe in the box enclosure i'm saying?

plus is there a 250ish flood bulb?
 
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Dude, hit up E-Bay, Tons of stuff there! All inclusive.
 
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anybody know of some foot switch dealy I could use then....with one of these factory portable lights?
 
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This forum is more geared toward household lighting and such.

Maybe you should ask your question in a site dedicated to theatrics.
 
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