Originally Posted by ChrisM6484
Thanks to everyone who's replied so far. This has been a good learning experience for me.
I went to a hardware store today and found all the pieces I need to make this work:
- E26 porcelain socket
- SPST toggle switch (15 amp)
- lamp wiring cord w/ plug
I'll probably go get a book and start carving that up tomorrow.
Would it not be safe enough if I just made sure all exposed wires are wrapped well in electrical tape?
No, I would not want that in my home or workplace. Sparks from the connections on the back side of the socket could easily ignite the paper. Connections are the weak and most dangerous place for line power.
I think what you need to do is enclose the back side of the socket in a small box like a junction box. Enclose most of the socket. Gut enough of the paper from the book to make room for the box. Install the cord through the side of the box with a strain relief so there is nothing left open.
Better yet, install a lamp socket like on the suspended bulbs in the pic posted by M engineer. That way, all the connections are in the open, but under the metal. You will have only cord running through the book and you won't have to gut so much of the book.