Convert Mercury Vapor HID light to outlet


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Old 03-15-20, 10:52 AM
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Convert Mercury Vapor HID light to outlet

I have an exterior mercury vapor light above my back deck that I'm planning on replacing with string led lights.

If this were a regular e26 fixture, I'd simply get a socket to outlet adapter for the string lights to plug into. And I could do this by getting a e39 to e26 reducer first. But I'm concerned way the ballast would do it the system.

Am I right to be concerned?
 
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Old 03-15-20, 11:00 AM
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You would need to remove the fixture and replace it with a weatherproof receptacle.
 
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Old 03-15-20, 11:12 AM
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Any exterior receptacle is required to have GFCI protection.
 
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Old 03-15-20, 12:40 PM
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You are correct. The transformer boosts the voltage for MV HID lamp. It would most likely burn up your LEDs.
Remove the fixture completely and replace with a box and receptacle after you verify the voltage. Some MV fixture are 240 volt.
 
 

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