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Old 08-01-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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I have an 8ft 4 tube F32T8 fluorescent striplight that is going to be mounted on the ceiling of a bedroom. The house has no ceiling wiring that is accessible easily.

Can I put a grounded cord on the fixture and put a pullchain on it? I would be running the cord down the wall (yup, just hanging there) and plug it into an outlet.

If so, size of cord? Many shoplights I see have thin, little, flat 18 gauge high tempature wire. This doesn't sound so safe to me, even know the fluorescent lights only take about 100watts. Thoughts?

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The folks at the head shop know all about grow lights. Really. An 8' strip in a bedroom?

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Well, its half bedroom and half rec. room. I need really bright light in there for projects.
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... Many shoplights I see have thin, little, flat 18 gauge high tempature wire. This doesn't sound so safe to me, even know the fluorescent lights only take about 100watts...
The common shoplight fluorescent ballast draws less than 1 amp. 18ga is more than adequate for them. But the manufacturer gets a UL listing for them too.
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Someone at HomeDepot said I could buy a regular work cord, and cut the female end off with the length I want, wire it to the ballast leads, and put a romex clamp at the end, but I really don't want orange running down the top of the ceiling and wall.

Would something like this work? Using the same directions above. Looks like the same (if heavier) cord they use on shoprights.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I know how to wire things, I am great at almost anything thats hanywork, I have even wired my own shed up, but I ALWAYS ask people for there opinions first. I just feel "better" then.
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Someone at HomeDepot said I could buy a regular work cord, and cut the female end off with the length I want, wire it to the ballast leads, and put a romex clamp at the end, but I really don't want orange running down the top of the ceiling and wall.

Would something like this work? Using the same directions above. Looks like the same (if heavier) cord they use on shoprights.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I know how to wire things, I am great at almost anything thats hanywork, I have even wired my own shed up, but I ALWAYS ask people for there opinions first. I just feel "better" then.
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Do not butcher an extension cord....
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Go to HD and search on Wiremold or use the menus in the electrical.
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Well, its half bedroom and half rec. room. I need really bright light in there for projects.
You need to check if code allows this but you can buy wall mounted channels to run the wire through then paint to match your walls.
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Nooooooooo! Repeat after me:
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Do not butcher an extension cord....
WOW! So much for the guy in the store saying "I've been an electrician for 8yrs." CHeeez!
So what should I use?
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You need to check if code allows this but you can buy wall mounted channels to run the wire through then paint to match your walls.
I am really not concerned about color, what ever I get I am just going to paint right over anyways. Its just going to dangle there about 8 feet to an outlet. Sounds good to keep it more tidy though.

By saying half bedroom/half rec. room, I mean half is bedroom, half is where I work on crafts, and another corner is where I have a work desk. Its about a 12ft by 14ft room.
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I am really not concerned about color, what ever I get I am just going to paint right over anyways. Its just going to dangle there about 8 feet to an outlet. Sounds good to keep it more tidy though.

By saying half bedroom/half rec. room, I mean half is bedroom, half is where I work on crafts, and another corner is where I have a work desk. Its about a 12ft by 14ft room.
A7E mentioned wiremold, I'll second that, works very well for your type situation, just put an outlet on the ceiling. Here's a video
http://ext.homedepot.com/video/?bcpi...d=109458734001
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Well, researching wiremold, and it was too expensive and too much for such a small project that I needed done. I went back to HD looking for a cord, and found a replacement power cord that did the trick! Works great. No butchering an extension cord.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

It has a clamp at the end of the light for the wire, and it just hangs down the wall (kinda held) with a small staple here and there down to the outlet so it doesn't flop around.

This was the only thing I could find and do as there was no wiring in the attic that I could use.

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