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Old 05-19-2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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Can a GFCI protected light be installed into a normal light circuit?


Just bought an Ikea hanging light which has a plug at the end of the cord. However, I didn't realise this and just wanted to use it to replace the hanging dining room light. Anyway, the light says 'that the product should be connected only to an outlet protected with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)'. I'm a newbie, so my question is, is it possible to take the plug off and wire it up straight into my dining room?

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Old 05-19-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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The fixture itself is dumb, the plug is smart. You could cut the plug off and wire into your dining room. However.....

If you cut the plug off and attempt to wire into your dining room, what will you mount the fixtuer with? does it have a bracket assembly to mount to the ceiling junction box ?

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Thanks for the quick reply.

The existing dining room light has a cord dangling down and is wired into the ceiling fixture with just a brown and a blue cable. I presume that the having cut the plug off the new light, I could just connect the live wire to the where the previous blue cable was connected and the neutral wire to the where existing brown cable is connected to in the ceiling. The whole lamp will be just supported by this cable as it is very light (like a lamp shade). Comments or corrections?
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There are a couple of things that I wouldn't be too comfortable with.

What it sounds like you are trying to do is replace the current ceiling fixture, by cutting the wiring and splicing on a new fixture. If this is the case, your best bet is to return the light to Ikea. Buy a small fixture that is made to ceiling mount. Take down the old fixture (possibly reusing the mounting hardware) and put up the new one. Having a fixture suspendend by its wiring is just dangerous and should not be done.
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You should not cut the plug off the light for installation into the house's wiring system. Not a good idea. It would not be considered a safe installation, and would violate the UL listing of the product.

You should take it back and get something intended for this application.
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Ok, point taken. Despite really liking the light, I shall return it. Many thanks for all the replies.
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Many times any given fixture can be bought for plug connection or for direct wiring. If so, just exchange yours for the other one.

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