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Old 03-16-2005, 11:43 PM   #1
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Switching from light socket to plug - stupid question

Greetings Folks,

In the garage we have 2 screw in light sockets controlled by one switch on the wall.

I would like to convert from 2 incandescent bulbs to two flourescent light fixtures, probably 2 tubes each.

The local box sells Flourescents that are prewired with plugs. Therefore I am considering pulling out the screw in fixtures and replacing them with plugs.

Tell me is this stupid idea number 614 or am I making somehitng out of nothing? What do I need to take into consideration in doing this? Are plugs and sockets wired generally the same or does one have an extra wire or somesuch. (house was built in 1989). Is there any chance of overtaxing the wiring with such a change? How do I tell if the romex that is in place is big enough for any current draw that the flourescent fixtures could place on it?

I'm an electrical neophyte, and I am sure after making whatever changes I do, I will have a real electrician look it over before Ire-energize the curcuit, but I'd like to do it right before he gets there.

All comments welcome.



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Black to black and white to white. A newer home will have a ground (green or bare copper), attach this to the ground screw (painted green). Pretty simple.
You will have at least 14 Ga wire running to the boxes. It is more than enough to run florescents, they have a slight start surge and then run on almost nothing.


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The 14/2-with-ground wiring will be on a 15 amp circuit. Most garage receptacle circuits are normally on a 20 amp circuit with heavier 12/2-with-ground wiring to handle power tools.
The 14/2wg with flourescent lights will be fine on that circuit, and for most of what you might plug into it. If you plug a heavy-duty power tool into it that overloads the circuit, it will just trip the breaker.
Should be fine for vacuum cleaners, etc.
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You can always remove the plug in part and hard wire the light fixtures. About the same amount of work either way you go.
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heres a quick fix. if you are going to have an electrician look at it before you re-energize ,why not just pay an electrician to do the work .i always tell people who call me asking ways to do work,ect.. if you call me after you have done it ,it will probobly cost you double than if you just called me first
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the considered responses gentlemen....

When I get more of the way through the honeydo list I'll be ALLOWED to finish my garage and it sounds straight forward. Glad theres not an extra wire etc.

Hard wiring directly is an intriguing idea and probably the most professional... I may just take this in that direction.

Thanks folks,


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