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divy 02-08-2008 10:15 PM

wiring up two lights to one power supply
 
hello all i was wondering if someone can help me out, i would like to wire up 2 small lights so they only use one plug and was wondering if thats possible

the lights are 6700k 11watts AC: 220-240V- 50Hz each

im australian so thats why there using 240v

if its pobbile could some one please give me info on how to do it or even a simple diagram

cheers

InPhase277 02-08-2008 11:03 PM

Let me start by saying that I have no idea about the electrical rules governing Australia. Therefore, I cannot speak as to the legality of what you want to do. However, electrically, what you want to do is entirely feasible. Basically, you just have to attach your wires from each lamp and the cord color for color. Having said that, you must do this in a safe and approved manner, which means following local rules.

Of course, I should say why don't you just plug both lights into a multi-outlet cord and then plug the cord into the wall? That would be easiest.

InPhase277

divy 02-08-2008 11:20 PM

the reason why i dont want to just plug them into the wall by them selves is because im running out of wall sockets in my room

this is the pic of the light x2 i forgot to say that these are for my custom made fish tanks stand they are small aquarium lights

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k150/divyb/3_028.jpg

so is this pretty much what you mean?
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k150/divyb/plug.jpg

thanks for the help

InPhase277 02-08-2008 11:54 PM

Yep, you got it. I don't know what the terms are in your part of the planet, but in the States, I would use crimp-connectors to connect the wires, and heat shrink tubing to cover the connections. Again, for the sake of safety, it is important to ensure a quality connection and good insulation on the splice.

InPhase277

divy 02-09-2008 12:11 AM

ok thanks for that i will insulate it reaaly good and use crimp connectors

should i cut the wire before the box with the switch so i dont use that box or cut after the box so im using it?
the reason i ask is cause im not sure what that box is

and the way i will wire it is it 100% safe? can i run the lights say 14 hours a day

InPhase277 02-09-2008 12:33 AM

I would think the box is a transformer. So, cut the wire between the box and the wall plug, leaving the wire from the box to the light intact.

As far as the electrical goes, you can run the lights until they turn to dust. The amount of power consumed is so small that the danger isn't in the quantity of electricity, it is in the new connection. An improper connection is a fire hazard, and your poor fish (or marijuana plants) may be boiled alive before you can put the fire out:laughing:!

InPhase277

divy 02-11-2008 06:49 AM

thanks inphase for the hep i appreciate it


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