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Old 11-29-2012, 04:56 AM   #1
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How to wire light fixture to extension cord?


is it really possible? I have a pot-like light fixture. Is it really possible to take an old extension cord with the 2 wires and make it like a swag lamp? Is it possible?

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Possible- sure.

Wise, no
Safe, no
Code complaint, no

Should you do it? NO

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I assume you want to plug in this lamp, not hardwire it, and that it will not be installed on a box in the ceiling. In that case, building codes have nothing to do with this. You could most certainly use an extension cord. But two-prong plugs are polarized (one prong is wider than the other) so you would have to be sure to properly connect the two wires to the lamp. That's where rjniles' advice comes in - if you don't know how to figure that out, don't do it.
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I assume you want to plug in this lamp, not hardwire it, and that it will not be installed on a box in the ceiling. In that case, building codes have nothing to do with this. You could most certainly use an extension cord. But two-prong plugs are polarized (one prong is wider than the other) so you would have to be sure to properly connect the two wires to the lamp. That's where rjniles' advice comes in - if you don't know how to figure that out, don't do it.
The poster is talking about a pot like fixture: I read that as a recessed fixture and should not be connected with an extension cord. If it is truly a light fixture it will have a UL listing and should not be modified for use with an extension cord.
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I guess you're too young to remember swag lights (very popular in the 1970s). They are not fixtures. They are lamps that plug into the wall and are suspended from a hook in the ceiling, usually by a decorative chain.

I understand about the U.L. listing, but if this was properly done it wouldn't be unsafe. It's done all the time with antique lamps and chandeliers.
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A pot light is not a swag lamp.
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A pot light is not a swag lamp.
Read the original post. The OP wants to make a swag lamp. But you are right - the OP needs to clarify what is meant by a "pot-like light fixture." In my experience, most people not electrically savvy refer to pot lights as recessed lights. For all we know, this could be about a lamp that looks like a teapot.
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The OP should come back and clarify.

If they do want to make a swag lamp, not hardwired at all, there are kits available.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_387262-1811-...kit&facetInfo=

For safety's sake, the weight of the fixture should be supported by a chain. The electrical cord (kit or extension cord) should not be holding the weight.
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Read the original post. The OP wants to make a swag lamp. But you are right - the OP needs to clarify what is meant by a "pot-like light fixture." In my experience, most people not electrically savvy refer to pot lights as recessed lights. For all we know, this could be about a lamp that looks like a teapot.
That may be true, but you can not use an extension cord, you would have to use lamp cord.
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That may be true, but you can not use an extension cord, you would have to use lamp cord.
Yes, you're right.
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I guess you're too young to remember swag lights (very popular in the 1970s).
That gives me a good laugh ( I was born in the early 40's and remember my dad installing 2 wire without ground cloth Romex.)
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I remember when gas was $0.25/gal....phone #'s were prefixed with the name of the CO "Butler 2315", radios with tubes....cliping playing cards to back of your bike so the flapped on the spokes....no seatbelts in cars.....men wore real hats.....out houses were common....milk was delivered to your front door....and pot lights were wired with what ever you had handy....
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phone #'s were prefixed with the name of the CO "Butler 2315"

It was the name of the phone exchange. They rarely, if ever, coincided with the county name.
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phone #'s were prefixed with the name of the CO "Butler 2315"

It was the name of the phone exchange. They rarely, if ever, coincided with the county name.
No...."CO" means Central Office.....where the phone switch gear is located
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