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Cut of plug on pendant light and hardwire

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  1. JD3495

    JD3495 Guest

    I have a pendant light that is meant to hang from the ceiling and have
    cord run down the wall to an outlet. I want to hardwire it right to th
    ceiling. I am unsure how to do this. Do I cut off all the way at th
    base and get a new set of wires that has a hot, neutral AND ground an
    reinsert that? If so, how do you do that? Do I cut off just the plu
    and wire it with the 2 wires in the cord? If so, isn't that a fir
    hazard? I am confused and could really use some advice on this.
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    You should be able to cut off the wire at the proper length and install
    a ceiling plate (forget the correct name) to mount it to the junction
    box. If in doubt, get someone to help you with this, or at least get a
    book on house wiring.
  3. If it has a two wire cord and two pin plug it is designed for that and there
    is no need to connect a ground.
  4. Hi!
    That is what I would do--if the wire will be exposed, it will look much
    nicer than replacing the whole thing with the same kind of wiring as you'd
    use to install an outlet or run through walls. Some commercially made lamps
    with exposed cords are made this way, with conventional lamp cord coming
    down from the junction box in the ceiling.

    There's no fire hazard to come from this as long as the lamp's wiring is in
    good condition (no frays, thin spots or missing insulation) and capable of
    handing the load you intend to put on it. There are no safety hazards
    either...again, as long as the wiring is in good shape and you're using it
    within the design limits of the lamp, there will be no problem.

    If you aren't sure about how to go about hooking up the wire inside the
    junction box, contact a qualified electrician to do the work for you. If you
    do decide to do this yourself (and you certainly can, if you don't mind
    learning a little before you start) just make sure the power is off before
    you actually start doing any work on the wiring.

  5. Guest

    depends what country youre in. Help yourself here.

  6. JD3495

    JD3495 Guest

    I am in the US. The ceiling has a medallion on it that I dare not tr
    to remove. The idiot before me glued it to the ceiling. Not a littl
    glue, lathered it. It is an IKEA light (KNAPPA - for anyone wanting t
    look at it). I would prefer to cut it to the length I want, buy
    ceiling plate to hide the wire and just connect the two wires. I a
    hoping that will work. It will not always be on, it is a dining roo
  7. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    Generally not. Legally anyways. The and fixture is approved as a cord and
    plug connected device, and cutting off the cord will violate its approval.

    Technically, you can, and if you do it correctly, it will be just as safe
    as a UL approved ceiling fixture.
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