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I have a client that has a lamp from Europe. 2 round plugs.

The lamp has very special bulbs and thus replacing them is not an option.

What are my choices?

Do I need to get a plug adapter and a converter?

Suggestions please.

& If by some chance I can find the bulbs in 110v what do I have to do, just adapt the plug?

thanks
 

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Europe runs on 220 volt single phase, so presumably the lamp is designed for 220 volt bulbs. You can probably find the bulbs on line somewhere, the problem would be finding a 220 volt outlet to plug into. So I assume that is a bad option.

So option 2, if you can find a 110 volt equivalent bulb, you could cut the plug off, and replace it with a 110 volt plug that you can purchase for a few dollars. Hopefully the bulb would put out the proper amount of light, I imagine a specialty lighting store would be helpful in matching the European bulb to an American equivalent.
 

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I have a client that has a lamp from Europe. 2 round plugs.

The lamp has very special bulbs and thus replacing them is not an option.

What are my choices?

Do I need to get a plug adapter and a converter?

Suggestions please.

& If by some chance I can find the bulbs in 110v what do I have to do, just adapt the plug?

thanks
Or what you could do is you could run a dedicated line to a single 220 volt receptacle. Cut off the cord end that is on the lamp and attach a 220 volt male plug end. That is if they want to keep the funky bulbs with the lamp.
 

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Or what you could do is you could run a dedicated line to a single 220 volt receptacle. Cut off the cord end that is on the lamp and attach a 220 volt male plug end. That is if they want to keep the funky bulbs with the lamp.

the lamp is an owl and the eyes are the bulbs.

220 receptacle in an apartment! lol

Can I use some type of converter?
 

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If the customer is not the owner, then I'm sure the owner would not allow this.
 

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What wattage are the bulbs?

A transformer that would run a 100 watt bulb would cost around $100. You could wire a 120 volt cord w/plug to it, and wire the lamp cord directly to it. It'd be a box about 6" X 4" X 4", and would weigh about 10 lbs. It'd get quite warm, you'd need to keep it off the carpet.

Sorta ugly, especially around a decorative lamp, but there are not very many other options.

Rob
 
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