Ceiling Lampholder w/plug (plug into..what?)

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Old 03-07-09, 11:03 AM
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Question Ceiling Lampholder w/plug (plug into..what?)

hey, again. Quick question this time around.

I just got one of these buggers: ceiling lampholder w/plug




I was looking around for "double-ended" extension cords...when it hit me: I don't think they actually exist.


Am I supposed to take a normal extension cord, strip the plastic off and connect the wires, then electrical-tape it up?

And, if so, where might I fight a simple how-to guide for something like that?
 
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Old 03-07-09, 11:19 AM
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I'm not sure what you are trying to do exactly..but you are correct..they do not make double male ended extension cords for a reason. If you plug in to a hot outlet with one end, the other end is hot and a shock hazard.

No..you can't mount that fixture somewhere and use a double ended extension cord to power it.
 
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Old 03-07-09, 12:28 PM
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The outlet on the unit is to power something plugged into it not power the light bulb socket itself.

That fixture is designed to be mounted to an electrical box,usually and octagon box,and be powered by wiring run into it off a circuit within the electrical system of the dwelling.
 
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Old 03-07-09, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by spdavid View Post
The outlet on the unit is to power something plugged into it not power the light bulb socket itself.

That fixture is designed to be mounted to an electrical box,usually and octagon box,and be powered by wiring run into it off a circuit within the electrical system of the dwelling.

oooooh. Well that clears things up a LOT (as does your reply, Gunguy45).

So I want one of these guys:




to mount the light onto. Simple enough.

now I'm just confused as to what is being wired to what.

So, the outlet is not for a plug to power it. That I understand (damn! I thought this would be super easy :P ).


I'm looking at the unit right now and, for the life of me, even reading your instructions, I cant figure out what I'd be attaching a wire to....the....terminal screws? that sounds wrong as I type it. Something in the electrical box? It looks like just a metal frame (though, I'm sure it's essential, none the less).


Also...I hope I'm not being a huge pain, but when you say "run off into a circuit"....are we talking about some...wall-opening type electrical work, or is that a smart-person way of saying "plug into the outlet on your wall" ?
 
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You would mount that box to a wall stud and branch off an existing electrical circuit in your home to supply the power to the porcelain lampholder you want to mount to it.

Basically unless you have fairly good electrical knowledge,you will need an electrician to do this job,meet code and do it safely.

The purpose of the box is a mounting "platform" and as a place to house the wiring connections to whatever light fixture you would mount to it.
 
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Old 03-07-09, 04:25 PM
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Just a little FYI about those lamp holders. They are not aloud in an unfinished space unless they are on a GFCI protected circuit.
 
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