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Offline Wooden Skye

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Shop lighting/electrical question
« on: April 28, 2019, 09:18 PM »
In my shop, I have a fluorescent light that has finally died.  I have plug in LED shop lights I will be replacing with.  The flourescent is wired to the light switch.  What I am looking to accomplish is to take down the existing and put an outlet in its place, so I can plug the new LED light right next to the fixture.  So my first question, is what I am looking to do realistic?  How would I go about wiring the new outlet?  Does the old light being on a switch complicate things?  I don't want to hire an electrician for what most would consider a simple job, but I am just not confident due to little experience with electrical work.

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Offline Slowlearner

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Re: Shop lighting/electrical question
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2019, 09:23 PM »
Fairly easy.  Just put an outlet box where old light ended. Add out let and now the switch controls the outlet/light. Pretty straight fwd. You can cut the wires back or put in a junction box and add if youre moving the light.

Offline RKA

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Re: Shop lighting/electrical question
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2019, 10:05 PM »
If the existing light is hardwired, there is probably a junction box up there already.  You might be able to connect the wires to the new outlet and screw that right to the junction box.  Add a trim plate and you’re in business.

Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: Shop lighting/electrical question
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2019, 11:53 PM »
If you haven't got a lot of experience, doing one outlet is a great place to start.  Even better if there is already a line where you want to put it.

A few things that I've learned rewiring some of my house:

  • Be mindful about how you fold your wires into the box.  It makes a big difference in how easy it is to get the device back in. 
  • Also, make sure you have at least 7" extending past the face of the box before you cut any off.
  • Good connections are critical. Either with wire nuts or wago lever nuts, make sure you have a very very solid tight connection.
  • Clock your screws  ;)
  • If you feel like you don't understand something, keep reading/writing/diagramming until you do.  If you still don't feel confident about it, call the electrician.