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Proper extension cord for indoor 48 inch fluorescent/grow light?


I need to replace a cord that connects a 2-light 48-inch fluorescent lighting fixture to the outlet. I don't know much about this except that I should know what the amps are in the lighting fixture, but there is no label on the fixture to read. The fixture has a three-prong plug, and the outlet is three-prong. The cord is going to dangle from the fixture's plug and run along the edge of the floor to the nearest outlet, so the cord needs to be about 15 feet long. Right now there are fluorescent bulbs in the fixture, but I might replace those with proper grow-lights eventually. (This is for some thirty-year-old rubber plants and some other houseplants.) What kind of extension cord is right for this? What is the best brand? I also would like to have a switch at the outlet, so what would be the best bet for a switch? I am hoping to make this a safer and better setup than the previous one. Thanks!

(On a side note, I am wondering about the previous setup: a cheater plug was plugged into the fluorescent light's three-prong plug, and that was plugged into a two-prong switch, which was attached to a two-prong cord that was plugged into yet another two-prong switch, which was plugged into a three-prong outlet. The connection between the cheater plug and the first switch was somewhat loose, as the cheater did not fit entirely down into the switch, so the switch was always kind of warm and would occasionally fall off the cheater. Was this an unsafe setup? I appreciate your insights!)
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https://www.amazon.com/GE-Grounded-S...R83YRF6003S7Q0

Anything 3 prong like this for the switch

And any cord like this below

https://www.amazon.com/GE-Extension-...ion+cord+25+ft
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Any quality cord will work.
Get a 14 gauge, 15-20' cord. You won't find a name brand on most cords.
Does the fixture have a short cord on it?

Can you put grow lamps in the fixture you have?

The switch will be another matter.
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For a load of just 2 x 4' floro's.
They are no more than 40w per tube,
And many even less, usually 38W
BUT 2 X 40W = 80W TOPS.
120V / 80W = 3/4 A.
even a cheap arse #14 lead will have no problems.
But for maximum safety you can buy a good #12 heavy duty.
it will simply last longer.
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I need to replace a cord that connects a 2-light 48-inch fluorescent lighting fixture to the outlet. I am hoping to make this a safer and better setup than the previous one. Thanks!
Sfer and better means moving the receptacle close enough to the light fixture that the standard cord can be used.
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