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Old 01-17-2014, 11:36 PM   #1
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Hello. Since I don't have any ceiling-mounted lamps in my apartment I've decided to get the lights a little bit higher myself. Since every room in my apartment has a water pipe (which get's hot!) for heating the second floor I thought of mounting a few spotlights on them myself. I would like to have a red (or any other color (let's say this one http://www.homedepot.com/p/Workforce...3Frpp%3D96#)(I would just simply cut one side of the plug and then solder the wires to the lamps) wire just wrapped around the water pipe. And I'm just a little worried of the heat from the pipe damaging the wire. How can I be sure the heat won't damage the wire?

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Old 01-18-2014, 02:54 AM   #2
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Extension cord is not to be used as a substitute for fixed wiring. Also the heat would degrade the insulation.

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At some point in the future you local newspaper will carry a story that includes the phrase: "the cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature."
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If this is a rental apartment you need to talk with your landlord about hiring a qualified electrician.
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At some point in the future you local newspaper will carry a story that includes the phrase: "the cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature."
That's why I'm asking for advice in this thread so it would be done as safely as possible...
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The cord you linked too is not rated for hanging weight from. Also, any connections either soldered or wire nutted need to be inside an approved containment device. If you realy need to add lighting, go to a lighting showroom and see what they have available. You will be surprised at how many different styles of lighting there is out there
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Buy a lamp...plug it in.
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That's why I'm asking for advice in this thread so it would be done as safely as possible...
See previous reply.
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The cord you linked too is not rated for hanging weight from. Also, any connections either soldered or wire nutted need to be inside an approved containment device. If you realy need to add lighting, go to a lighting showroom and see what they have available. You will be surprised at how many different styles of lighting there is out there
There would be no height hanging from the wire. The lights would be attached securily to the pipe. The wire would be just wrapped loosely around the pipe without any tention it.

And come on guys... I undetstand that I can go out and buy a lamp and just plug it in. But that's just not what I want...
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But what you want cannot be done safely or legally. One must be very diligent when doing DIY in an apartment when the outcome affects your and other people's property and lives.
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But that's just not what I want...
Unfortunately, you are not going to get what you want here, which is for someone to tell you this is OK
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Ok. I own the appartment. And it's not located in the US. So the common US electrical laws don't apply.
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