Plug-in ceiling lamp, or modify hardwired?


Old 03-17-07, 10:44 PM
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Plug-in ceiling lamp, or modify hardwired?


I apologize if this isn't an appropriate place for this question, but I need more lighting over my work table, but the ceiling isn't wired for a lamp. Can anyone point me in the direction of a ceiling lamp which can be plugged in? Either hanging, or fixed to the ceiling. I'm having the hardest time finding such a thing, if it exists. I don't need/want anything fancy. I just need a bright light to work under, indoors.

If I can't find something like this, is it possible to convert any hardwired lamp to a plug-in? Is this not advisable? Are there kits for this sort of thing? If I could find one for a specific lamp, that'd be great.

Thanks for any advice,

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Old 03-18-07, 06:05 AM
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Go to a lighting store. Shop there.
Old 03-18-07, 06:07 AM
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Glad you asked

yes, they do make ceiling lights that plug in.

Go your local HomeDepot(or Lowes if they sell them) and in the lighting dept.

look for the track lighting aisle. they make a white one with 3 heads on it

The lights don't move on the track but they do a full spin to direct anywhere.

It already comes with a plug in it and a rocker/spin type switch.(on off)

It is about $20 or so with everything included(except bulbs)

Them make 2 or 3 other models that are more decorative(i.g. silver color, etc)

They also make SWAG KITS, where the cord is swaged or strung on a chain

(optional chain w/ cord-or-just cord you can choose)

They are made to hang lights and even fans off the ceiling and have a

rocker type switch again to control power, on and off.


They sell the cord kits at HOMEDEPOT for about $10-$15 ea. but the cord is

18-20 feet, pretty long for general applique'.

here's a pic of a cord kit(swagged kit).. . wishes

(I was thinking of finishing my basement and thought it is going to be a hassle
trying to get junction boxes installed for a while, so i might decide to just

screw my light(s) and fan(s) into the joist and run swag kits directly from each of them and then get plugs installed on the ceiling and have the plugs controlled by switch/or dimmer switch, and then just control the lights and fan from the switch(es) below)


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