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Justin860 03-03-2007 04:03 PM

Little Question Please Help : )
I recently purchased a 2' 2 light fluorescent fixture and I was wondering if I could make a power cable that I can plug into a wall by connecting a replacement power cable to the two wires coming out of the balast. Thanks

gooch 03-03-2007 04:18 PM

you can buy whips that have a plug on one end and open wires on the other.

Justin860 03-03-2007 04:23 PM

Where can I buy that? I only have a lowes, walmart, and radioshack around here. Also, how would I put it together, regular twist wire connectors?

Stubbie 03-03-2007 11:49 PM

You can get them at lowes. What you want is called a power cord. It will have a nema 5-15 male plug on the end and black, white and green wires that can be connected to the ballast wires with wire nuts. You will also need a clamp for the cord to secure it to the light fixture knockout hole. Do a search at It should show a picture of one.


Justin860 03-04-2007 12:38 AM

thanks a bunch, i already went to the store today and got a 14 ga extension cord and took off the female end and then stripped the wires to attatch to the ballast wires, only problem is that the middle wire is green and the other two arent colored : (

Justin860 03-04-2007 12:40 AM

also where do i put the ground screw????

jwhite 03-04-2007 06:53 AM

Take a tester and make sure that the green wire shows condunity to the round prong (or pin shape) of the cord cap that is by itself at the bottom. The ground pin should be the green wire and connect to a ground screw on the light fixture.

The two blade prongs are hot and neutral. If you look at the face of a recepticle the hot is the smaller one. Hold your cord cap up and visualize which prong on your cord cap that would be and ring it out to the other end and hook it up to the black from the ballast.

Justin860 03-04-2007 09:13 AM

I have a green screw and a ring that goes with it but where do i put it on the light fixture???

jbfan 03-04-2007 12:05 PM

See the answer I gave to your other post!

Speedy Petey 03-04-2007 06:26 PM

I did not realize this thread had wandered into the grounding question.
JW is right. There was no reason to start the other thread.

In any case I see both questions have been answered.

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