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Wiring a 3 bulb lamp Answered

I know this is basic, but I'm not familiar with wiring anything that could potentially burn the house down so I feel its better to ask. I'm wanting to wire up three lights to go over my basement workbench to all work on the same switch. The image shows what I planned to do, was just wondering if there an expert out there who could tell me if this is going to be safe? Would 60 watt bulbs ok?

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RyanK188 (author)2018-01-24

I was wondering if this would be the same wiring with a led A19 bulb and adding mini led lights in a base of a lamp on a 3way socket. Would I need a converter to reduce power at all ?

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DominicC40 (author)2016-11-05

Thank you for enquiring about this; I also want to wire a wrought iron three socket lamp, but am unsure how to do so. to complicate matters, the holders are Live & Neutral with only one common Earth screw on the lamp. can anyone suggest a safe method of wiring. Series or Parallel ? Thanking you.


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Downunder35m (author)DominicC402016-11-05

Same way as in the nice pic above.
Each lamp needs two wires to work - live and neutral.
Centre contact for screw fittings is always live, the screw fitting neutral.
Use seperate two core cable for the seperate lamps and feed down to the base.
Here you join all live wires from the lamp to the live wire of the 3 core cable going to the plug/switch.
Same story for the neutral ones.
The earth connection from the 3 core wire going in is connected to the earth point on the lamps base.
Since the lamp is all metal the entire lamp will be earthed this way by a single connection.

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lemonie (author)2010-01-30

Looks fine to me, so long as your supply can give you 120-180W and it probably can.


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Lateral Thinker (author)2010-01-29

the wiring is correct

that is 120 watts in total, (watts divided by voltage = amps).

for 110 volts supply that is one amp current.

As long as the switch is rated 5-amps or more, and 110 volts AC you are ok.

In NZ we are on 240 volts it would be half a amp, 240 volts AC.

Have the lights pointed up or down, but never horizontal because they still put out a little heat, which if horizontal could fry the electronics in the base of each bulb

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6o watts would be okay, use a reflector too, or ensure you have a white ceiling to throw back the light.

I would use a switched muli point box, with circuit breaker rather than the switch you show, its the one item you might drop a hammer on.

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REDnumber5 (author)2010-01-29

Sorry, posted in the wrong forum.

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