View Full Version : lighting - any reason this would be a bad idea?


Boost Creep
05-17-2012, 02:21 PM
right now i've got four rows of 3 light sockets up in the ceiling of my barn for light. i'd like to switch over to using florescent lights but theres no plugs around up there to plug em in. i was thinking about getting some of those 3 prong to two prong plug adapters and then the outlet things you can screw into a light fixture and plugging them in like that. i haven't seen a three prong screw in thing so thats why i planned on getting the adapters. i know nothing about electrical stuff so i wasen't sure if this would be safe or not. any reason i shouldn't do it?

JimVonBaden
05-17-2012, 02:45 PM
So long as the sockets are in good shape, this will not be an issue. I swapped out the light bulb socket for wall plugs on my ceilings, accomplished the same thing.

Jim :cool:

1967marti
05-17-2012, 03:11 PM
The grounds on the 3 prongs are there for a good reason. If you were to go that route i would find a way to get a ground to the light fixtures...Even if it is only a 16-18 awg wire screwed to the new fixtures case and then off to a grounded screw on the light socket. That being said.... While i was still in the military and living off the ship, i did some welding out of a rent-a-storage locker and used the socket-to-outlet adapter to run my little 120 amp lincoln welder :lol_hitti

Random Guy
05-17-2012, 03:12 PM
You can get cover plates for round boxes that have a hole stamped in them for an outlet. That's the route I'd go, since it also makes grounding easy.

jeff000
05-17-2012, 03:48 PM
You can hard wire the lights to where the old ones were.....

JimVonBaden
05-17-2012, 04:02 PM
You can get cover plates for round boxes that have a hole stamped in them for an outlet. That's the route I'd go, since it also makes grounding easy.

That is how I did it:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/Seminary%20Home/Garage/garagelights1.jpg

Jim :cool:

Random Guy
05-17-2012, 05:31 PM
^ Those are the plates I was talking about.

BFBOB
05-17-2012, 11:35 PM
I found ungrounded fluorescent fixtures started slowly in cold weather (around freezing and lower). Added a ground wire and it cut the start time more than in half.

Docholiday
05-18-2012, 12:25 AM
So long as the sockets are in good shape, this will not be an issue. I swapped out the light bulb socket for wall plugs on my ceilings, accomplished the same thing.

Jim :cool:

Oh my fricken gosh. Hello? Lo

kbs2244
05-18-2012, 02:53 PM
Replace your current fixtures with these


http://www.lightinguniverse.com/closet-garage-lights/nicor-lighting-18013-keyless-ceramic-lampholder-chain-socket-closet-white_g314343.html


Then plug in your new stuff.

JimVonBaden
05-18-2012, 09:33 PM
Oh my fricken gosh. Hello? Lo

:dunno:

Jim :cool:

paullie
05-19-2012, 06:18 PM
just cut the ground off and save your $$ on the a adapter :pimpflash