Convert hard wire to plug


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Old 11-30-16, 08:33 AM
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Convert hard wire to plug

I have a chandelier that we want to put a plug on instead of having it hard wired. My question is what do I do with the bare ground wire? Can I just connect the bare ground wire to the plug also? Thank you for your help!
 
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Old 11-30-16, 09:04 AM
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It is a NEC code violation to connect it in a way not intended by the manufacturer. Why don't you want to install it correctly?
 
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Old 11-30-16, 09:14 AM
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We just moved and in the dining room there is no electrical in the ceiling only outlets on the walls.
 
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Old 11-30-16, 05:20 PM
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I don't see a problem rewiring the light fixture with a 3 wire 18/3 cord with a molded plug like THIS in clear silver, 10 ft long..
 
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Old 11-30-16, 06:21 PM
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I see a big problem with it.

A light fixture that is intended to be permanently connected mounted to a box will have no enclosure for the wire splices. Definitely a code violation and a safety hazard.
 
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With all respect intended, the splice must be made inside the fixture at the same location that the 18/2 SPT wire is spliced. The 18/2 SPT would be discarded.
That location is usually under the top Loop of the fixture and contained within the fixture. The ground wire must also be spliced to the new 18/3.

You can purchase a swag kit for this purpose that's UL listed.
The reason I didn't show a swag kit originally is that it didn't have the third ground wire. It was only a two wire plug.
 
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Old 11-30-16, 08:13 PM
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The setup would be similar to THIS FIXTURE
 
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Old 11-30-16, 08:26 PM
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It really is a fine line here because the fixture comes UL approved for it's intended use. It was intended to be mounted/connected to a ceiling junction box.

If you install a swag kit on it..... it's no longer UL listed.

The link you left.... THIS FIXTURE.... is a swag type fixture. Comes with the long cord, chain, plug and.... UL CERTIFIED highest standard crystal chandelier for quality and safety
 
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Old 11-30-16, 08:43 PM
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Maybe the OP can take it to a local Lighting store and have them convert it.
 
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It still would not be acceptable UNLESS the lighting store had it field-inspected by a NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and certified. This is NOT inexpensive, it would be less expensive to simply toss the lamp and buy one that IS "listed" for use with a plug/cord arrangement.

All that stated, it is my opinion that using a pre-made plug/cord assembly with a polarized plug and connected as Electromen stated in post #6 would be as safe as anything provided the cord was connected properly with the "identified" (neutral) conductor connected to the shell of the lampholder.
 
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Old 12-02-16, 06:56 AM
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Should you ever have a fire insurance companies are well known for using any exuse not to pay. It wouldn't mater if it wasn't the cause.

We can help you install it correctly or you can return it and get a swag light with a plug.
 
 

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