DIY Lantern


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Old 07-04-21, 09:23 AM
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DIY Lantern

Hello all. I have a DIY project for converting a wooden candle lantern into an electrical one with a 100% dimmable switch. I have completed one already and used a hanging pendant light mounted upside down. Itís beautiful and people love it. I got a smaller lantern so the fixture can fill up more of the space. I would like to install an inline switch due to space issues but only find 2 wire switches. Can the fixture be used without being grounded to the electrical system? If so, how?
 
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Old 07-04-21, 11:33 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You walk a fine line when "building" fixtures. Usually you are doing something that is not inspected or approved. Most light fixtures, table lamps, etc. sold in the States carry a UL certification. That means the fixture was constructed safely and has passed basic safety standards. You can be liable if one of your fixtures causes a fire or shock.

Most plug in fixtures are not grounded. They are connected with a two wire lamp cord. The metal parts of the fixture must be insulated from the lighting parts like the socket or the fixture will need to be grounded.

Most floor/table lamps would use an inline two wire dimmer.
Something like this would be a good choice..... inline dimmer
 
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Old 07-05-21, 09:50 AM
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Consider using a wall-wart power supply and making your candles low-voltage. Interesting "flame" LEDs are available and general light color is selectable.
LEDs can be dimmed, but both the LED lamp and the dimmer must be dimable AND compatible (PWM dimming).
 
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Old 07-05-21, 02:35 PM
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DIY Lantern

Thank you for your help. The first one I made is grounded. I purchased a dimmer switch and a three wire power tool replacement cord. It still sits on our shelf. I will seek other avenues I suppose since I donít want to risk life or injury.
 
 

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