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mattlima 03-16-2008 06:05 PM

Using a european lamp in the States
Hello all,

I'm hoping someone with electrical expertise can help me; I recently received a gift from some European friends. The gift is a desk lamp, the electrical part of which is a simple cord that connects a bulb socket with a Euro two-prong electrical plug. There is an on/off switch directly on the cord. The socket itself is for a small 15w bulb which came with the lamp. Knowing nothing about household electricity, I thought that since our current is 120v and theirs is 240v it would be cool plug this lamp into an american outlet with a plug adapter (but not to bring an american lamp to europe.) Then someone mentioned that there's a difference in cord diameters because of the differing resistances between the two voltage. Can someone advise?

multilaterale [AT] mac [DOT] com

billie_t 03-16-2008 07:43 PM

the best thing to do is have an electrician look at yourlamp ..if you really like it you can have him rewire it for 120 volts ...besides where are you gonna find a 220 light bulb...the electrican that looks at your lamp may tell you the wires are sufficent for a 60 watt bulb and all he may have to do is change the plug

frenchelectrican 03-16-2008 07:48 PM

Really the safest way is rewired the desk lamp to the North Americian specs due they have diffrent wire colour and the biggest thing is the bulb socket itself majorty of them are non standard size. [ this is true espceally if you get it from UK ]

Merci, Marc

mattlima 03-16-2008 08:12 PM

Thanks everyone for such a quick response; I'm just going to buy an entirely new cable for it, no sense taking any kind of risk.



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