||07-07-2007 10:58 AM
want to make ceiling light fixture into plug-in lamp
A total novice question -- I have a 20 year old fluorescent ceiling light fixture, which I would like to convert into a plug-in lamp (I'm a gardener and am looking for an inexpensive way to set up a grow station for seeds/plants). I'm looking at the fixture, and it has 8 wires that connect to the Ballast -- two red and two blue that run to the two lamps/bulbs, two yellow that run to the other end of the lamps/bulbs, and a white and a black that obviously connect to the power source. There is no ground wire, though the ground wire from the house wiring had connected to a screw on the fixture. The fixture is 120 volts, 60 Hz and houses two 40 watt flourescent bulbs.
The question is -- is converting this fixture into a plug in lamp as simple as taking a heavy gague cord+plug, and connecting white to white and black to black? Are there any safety concerns with doing this? Clearly, I don't want to burn my house down just to save a couple of bucks. On the other hand, it would be a great way to put an unused fixture back into productivity.
Thanks in advance