Rotary switch wiring for DIY lamp


Old 05-10-18, 09:02 PM
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Rotary switch wiring for DIY lamp

Been looking at various DIY projects and today came across something that would be fairly cheap for me to do. (Most of the parts at least the pipes i could get for next to nothing or free. Brother in law is a plumber and has lots of said items just laying around in buckets.) I want to make a pipe lamp. I seen many of them using a garden faucet and Rotary switch. I like this and want to make it as simple as I can for myself. My question is how can it wire it to an existing lamp cord. Most I have seen is all wiring done on their own not into an existing cord. Posting pictures below so anyone reading will get an idea of what I am wanting to put together.

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Old 05-11-18, 06:25 AM
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In your pictures, the black wire on power cord is connected to 1 of 2 black wires from the switch. The other black wire from switch connects to the black wire on the lamp socket. The white wire on the lamp socket connects to the white wire on power cord. Wire length will be determined by the size of the lamp frame. All electrical connections ( wire nuts, solder, etc) need to be concealed within the lamp frame. Solder connections need insulation also. I personally would use a 3 prong plug and tie the metal lamp frame to the ground wire since the metal pipe internals can have sharp protusions from manufacturing that could eventually penetrate the wire insulation if there is vibration. The 3 prong plug also prevents reversing a 2 prong plug leaving the lamp socket powered with the switch off. Good luck.
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I would use one of these for the bulb socket and switch:
Old 05-11-18, 11:28 AM
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The idea id to get it something similar to the second one, the hose piece being the switch to turn the bulb on and off. So far thanks for the help all
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