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Sparks-Magee 11-20-2012 04:24 PM

Help - wiring a chandelier

I own a prop studio in Monterey, CA and I am building what is essentially a chandelier. A pile of skulls with 5 candles on 5 of the skulls in the pile. So I need to wire 5 - 40 w flicker bulbs with the small chandelier bases to one power cord.

I need to know what wire I should use, connectors, cords. I assume I can just wire all 5 lights to a cut off extension cord and use twist caps and electrical tape to make sure things stay put. I want to make sure things don't catch fire, kill people, or simply fail to work.

This is for indoor use.


gregzoll 11-20-2012 04:27 PM

Wago conectors, but you really would wire it in parallel, so if one bulb goes out, the rest stay lit. you can buy lamp cord, since an wxtension cord is not rated for that use.

Sparks-Magee 11-20-2012 04:32 PM

Wow thanks for the quick reply.

Can you give me a shopping list? I know that is asking a bit of you but I don't know what connectors to get what size wire and I don't know what wire in parallel means :(


k_buz 11-20-2012 04:36 PM

Seems to me that this is a for profit business. Being as such, do your own homework.

Daniel Holzman 11-20-2012 05:38 PM

If you are building this fixture for your prop studio, you really should carefully check first to see if using this home made light is going to void your business insurance against fire. The reason is that there is no way you are going to get an Underwriter Laboratory approval for a home made fixture, so you will be knowingly installing an unapproved fixture. While this might not be a problem in your home, in the sense that your homeowner's insurance might pay off if you burned your house down because of faulty wiring, the same might not be true in a business environment.

Sparks-Magee 11-20-2012 05:41 PM

Good point. I have to solve that one first. Thanks for the meaningful reply.


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