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Old 10-13-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Changing a Outdoor light to a socket


I would like to put up some outdoor string lights.

I have a outdoor (florescent, snap in bulb) light fixture that connects to a switch inside the house.

I'm curious if I can have that light fixture replace with a outlet plug, so that I can have the string lights connected to it and be able to turn them on and off with the switch inside the house.

I will also check with a local electrician, but I was curious of your guys opinions.

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Like the lights in the picture?
What wattage will the lights pull?
Outdoor outlets require an in-use wet cover, which might not look right depending upon the location
There is a screw-in adaptor, but it is only rated for 650w

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Yes, similar to the picture but not on such a grand scale, more like 4 or 5 switch backs.

Each socket is rated for up to 25 watts.
I'm looking to have 28 sockets so max of 700 watts, but I'll probably use the 11 or 15 watt bulbs with will reduce to 308 or 420 watts.

The light fixture isn't in a highly visible area and I'd be ok with covering it with the in use wet cover. This is what I'd like to do, but I don't want to violate some code.

I can't use the screw in adapter because these are weird plug in florescent bulbs.
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Sure, you can install a receptacle where the fixture exists. Your electrician will have you fixed up in no time.
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Yes you can install an outlet
Just need a box rated for use, GFCI outlet & in-use cover
The light switch will still control the outlet if you wire it right
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