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Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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I am looking to convert a Three Wire (Live, Earth, Neutral)

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Hello, I am looking to convert a Three Wire (Live, Earth, Neutral) Wall Sconce to a plug in. Ideally, I am installing the sconce on a Bed Headboard and would like to just be able to plug it into an outlet. I was told I could do this through a two-wire lamp plug, but I am second guessing the advice. Is this possible or will I have to install a different way? Any and all advice is welcome as I am completely new to this.Thanks,John
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) How many wires and the wire colors on the sconce light?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Two of each. Earth (green), Live (brown), Neutral (blue)
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
More photos attached
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 month ago.

Thanks for the reply and the pic's.

1) OK, you will need a 3 conductor lamp cord and a 3 prong receptacle plug. Since you have a green earth wire, the plug needs to be 3 prong.

2) On the 3 prong plug, the brass screw will terminate to the brown hot wires, the blue wires will terminate to the silver screw and the green/yellow ground wires will terminate to the 3 prong green ground screw.

3) You will need to make up a pigtail splice to terminate the wires to the cord plug. Only 1 wire each will terminate to the cord plug terminal screws.

Reply back with any questions...........Thanks...............Kevin:)

Expert:  Kevin replied 1 month ago.

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