Hardwiring a plugged light


Longest.title.ever. But hey, it gets the point across, right?

I'm sure it's happened - you've been walking through your favorite store and see you a light that you would LOVE to have in your home. Sadly, there is one problem - the plug at the end. This happened to me a few weeks ago. I was walking through Hobby Lobby looking for supplies for a project and I saw an orb light I love (I know, I know... they've been around for a bit but I was hesitant to buy one for $100+). When I saw the orb I walked over and slowly turned the price tag over to see $79.99. Normally that would have been that but alas - Hobby Lobby had lighting/lamps on sale for 50% off. $40 for a light? Count me in.

In all fairness, I wasn't sure if it was safe to convert a plug-in light to a hardwired light. I mean, it's just two little wires, right? But what about the ground? Plug-in lights don't have grounds so would it even work? I decided to talk to my electrician and found out that most new plug-in...

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I got these porcelain lampholders w outlet for the existing part of my shop to replace similar plastic lampholders running CFLs. Reason is that the previous owner installed the 3-1/4" tiny round boxes which cannot support an outlet like the 2-1/8" deep 4" octagon boxes can.

Otherwise I was going to have to be up and down from the attic cutting in octagon boxes, digging thru cellulose insulation (cough, cough) making a huge mess and working blind under the attic floor in the center.

I also like them because the plug-in LED (from Costco) has a pull-chain, AND, if you were to ever move, simply unplug the fixture and take it with you to your next place, no modification is required and lights still exist.

It doesn't address GFI concerns but a controller could be installed in the circuit or a breaker.

Leviton 9726-C:...

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Hello AlyL. Welcome to the Community!

Absolutely it is possible to make a swag type light out of a chandelier.

First off you will need to add an outlet plug to the pair of wires that used to attach to the ceiling box.

You may find that the wall outlet you need to use is not switched. If that is the case, then a switch tap like this one can come in handy:

If you are adding additional wire to the chandelier, then an in-line switch may well be more convenient.

You can also use a swag light kit or just add additional chain to the light. There are a wide variety of chain colors at homedepot.com.

Is this what you are looking for? Please let us know if you have any...

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Your sensor / switch device is designed to be mounted into an electrical box with permanent wiring.

Your light fixture with its attached cord (with three prong plug) is meant to be connected into an outlet that is itself mounted in an electrical box with permanent wiring. The lamp itself, when configured this way could be considered a temporary connection to the electrical system.

So you have two options to consider in order to wire up this setup. The first one involves installing the necessary electrical boxes and permanent house wiring such that the switch/sensor assembly is controlling the On/Off of an outlet near the lamp mounting location. Then plug the three prong cord from the lamp into the switched outlet.

The second approach involves converting the lamp to a permanent wired installation. (Note that not all lamp fixtures are suitable for this but many are). Like before install two electrical boxes for the switch/sensor and one at the site where the...

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If you want to add a sconce or pendant light, but there is no pre-wired light box, consder converting a hardwired fixture into a plugin. Converting a hardwired wall light fixture to a plugin allows you freedom to move the lights, and it avoids the cost of rewiring. A novice should be able to tackle this job. Here are tips to convert a hardwired wall light fixture to a plugin..

Gather Tools

For this project, you need:

work gloves marker needle-nose pliers scissors electrical tape thin plastic wire strippers wire nuts male plug two C-clamps insulated 16-gauge wire

Shut off power to the room you are working in from the breaker box. Determine if the fixture has a green or copper grounding wire. A grounding wire indicates you need a three-wire male plug, Otherwise, you may buy the standard two-wire cord.

Strip the Wires

Pull the wiring out from the back of the fixture using pliers, if needed. Cut tangles, then trim about one-half inch of insulation...

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Hello carmeada,

Welcome to the community.

Actually you do just cut off the plug end and wire it directly to the wires in the junction box.

**Make sure that you shut the breaker off prior to doing anything. **

It’s really simple to identify which side of the wire is hot and common. If you look at the outside of the wire one side will be smooth and the other will have ribs on it. The ribbed side will be the common wire and the smooth side will be your hot wire. You most likely will have a black, white and either a green or bare wire coming out of your junction box. The black will be the hot, white will be the common and the other wire will be the ground wire.

With that said lets get started.

I found step by step instructions on the link that you put in your post for the conversion kit. If you click on the Dimensions + Details tab and then click on the View Assembly instructions it will bring up a PDF form with instructions and a diagram. Or...

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Much to my surprise the one time I left Feeney alone in his room for an hour this week he didn't eat the paint samples. Of course he probably didn't see them since he spent most of that time annihilating three large padded shipping envelopes that someone took out of the closet when she was clearing out all the office supplies and happened to leave them on top of the dresser. Two of the envelopes were gone, expected to make a re-appearance in a few days and the third was in tiny little confetti pieces all over...

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This post updated:
I love chandeliers so much! So glamorous and girly, but sadly limited to being placed only within reach of an electrical box- or so I thought!

Some imagination and pestering questions at my local hardware store led me to find out- it’s a 3-4 minute job, once you get the hang of it, to convert a light fixture from needing to be hardwired to simply plugging in. And you just need one, $1 part! This invites all sorts of fun- once the plug is added a chandelier can go anywhere an extension cord can.

Here’s an illustrated tutorial on how to add a plug to a hardwired light fixture.


I’ve not been able to find this item at Lowes or Home Depot but you might try a local Ace Hardware. Ace’s are locally owned and better staffed than the big box stores, so always my first stop, their part number for this item is SA540BKCC10.

CAUTION: If at any point these instructions seem unclear or don’t adequately address the...

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Well, this morning is the official wake-up call for real life again.

After two amazing holiday weeks over the Christmas break, we will all be heading out the door back to school and work and I bet within the day we will barely remember this escape from our daily routine.

But routine isn’t all bad. In fact, I kind of enjoy routine and structure… as long as there is a little bit of room to be spontaneous every now and then.

And at least we are organized and ready for the routine (as well as the resulting onslaught of PAPER). Did you happen to catch my big Command Central Station {a Command Center in a Closet} reveal that I shared on Friday? Well, today’s project was made to add a little light to that space; and I am going to show you how to turn a hard wired light fixture into a plug in light!

Warning: I may be a woman of many skills and qualifications, but certified electrician is not one of them. I have basic wiring skills. This project is completely at...

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You can install under-cabinet light fixtures that plug into your outlet, but hiding the electrical cord can be difficult and unsightly. Hard-wiring your under-cabinet light requires connecting to an electrical circuit. Rather than install a separate circuit, utilize the countertop outlets in your kitchen and tap into the outlet circuit. Under-cabinet LED lights not only brighten your work surface but also can last up to 20 years. LED fixtures can reduce energy costs and do not require replacement bulbs.

Turn off the kitchen circuit that provides power to the outlets above the countertop. Plug the receptacle tester into the outlets. The three lights on the tester will not light up when you turn off the correct breaker.

Remove the screw holding the outlet cover to the outlet you want to use as a power source. Remove the screws holding the outlet to the junction box.

Pull the outlet from the box. Note the locations of the black, white and bare copper wires on the...

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