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Old 05-21-2013, 01:52 AM   #1
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Wiring these bulbs


I am trying to make this chandelier for my outdoor patio (pergola). I am wondering..

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1 - How are the bulbs powered...lamp sockets?

2 - How is the wiring for the multiple bulbs done upstream?

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Most likely, a mass of spaghetti on the top of that thing, or else a hollowed out insides to hide the innards.

Not likely to be suitable for outdoor use.

No UL listing in any case.
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Most likely, a mass of spaghetti on the top of that thing, or else a hollowed out insides to hide the innards.

Not likely to be suitable for outdoor use.

No UL listing in any case.
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Any suggestions as to how to make this outdoor ready?

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Your question is "please tell me how to build a non-compliant fixture in which one small mistake can make it a shock hazard or fire hazard, or both."

Buy an outdoor chandelier from a lighting company, not an "artist".
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The letter of the law is, light fixtures need to be tested by a Nationally Recognized Test Lab such as the UL before they can be legally installed per the NEC.

Now, I imagine there are lots of artists out there making selling lots of unlisted lights that are subsequently installed illegally. I'm guessing that 99% of these artists and their customers are never caught by law enforcement. And I'm guessing 99% of such fixtures don't cause house fires or death. That doesn't make it okay, but, like people driving 37MPH in a 35 zone, well, it happens. How much that bothers you depends on... you. Since this is a public forum, I'll go on record as saying "don't break the law".

To answer the original question, the bulbs would be wired in parallel. The shells (screw threads) should all be on white/neutral and the center contacts on black/hot. Be sure to submit a sample to the UL (along with the testing fee) before plugging it in, though...
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Your question is "please tell me how to build a non-compliant fixture in which one small mistake can make it a shock hazard or fire hazard, or both."

Buy an outdoor chandelier from a lighting company, not an "artist".
That was not the intent of my question. I obviously don't want my patio to burn down, more than anyone else. Having said that, I am not an expert on these things, hence I am seeking advice here.

What I am trying to explore is, a way to build a series of bulbs as show in the picture, that is outdoor safe. They sell, string lights for outdoor use that have bulbs like this everywhere, I am guessing that's legal, just like any outdoor lamp.

The end result does not have to be exactly the same, but is there a way to build/wire a series of bulbs in a outdoor safe way (like the outdoor string lights, lamps)?

Thanks for all your inputs!
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The wires are probably twisted together and wire nutted,
inside the wooden base.

How do you make it safe and legal ?
We can only give general advise here
as there are too many variables involved.
But -
wires need to be the right type and size,
they need to be secured properly and safely.
It needs to be protected from moisture.
Cant be more exact with out more details.
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