ORC Week 3: How to Convert Hardwire Light to Plug-in
It’s Week 3 of the One Room Challenge and this week’s update is this: I learned how to convert a hardwire picture light to a plug-in and did it three times!
I originally ordered these lights to be plug-in, but they did not arrive that way. The company sent me the supplies I needed to convert them and I watched a couple of YouTube videos and tutorials and gave it my best shot. Prior to this, I left the electrical work up to my husband or father-in-law (an electrician), but I can’t tell you how proud I was when I plugged the lights in and they turned on. That feeling is one of my favorite things about DIY.
Before I get too deep, I need to put a disclaimer here: I am not a certified electrician. If you choose to try this project, you do so at your own risk and I do not assume any responsibility for any mishaps that may occur. Please consult a professional if you have questions or concerns.
That said, I totally think you can do this. I’m going to link my reel here, but also outline the steps below for you.
1. Using a utility knife, slice the cord open to find the wires inside (black and white). Use wire strippers to expose about 3/4” to 1” of the wires.
2. Open plug. Using needle nose pliers, curve the wires and secure to each screw inside the plug. Tighten screws (not too tight!), close plug and secure with screw again.
3. On the other side of the cord, expose 3/4” to 1” of the wires. Connect the black wires to the black wires on the back of the light fixture, white wires to white. Twist together, add wire nut, and secure with electrical tape. You can tuck the ground wire in the back of the fixture as you won’t be using it for this project.
4. Pop your light bulbs in and test.
Like I mentioned, I am not an electrician, but this is a fairly simple and straightforward process that will allow you to add beautiful lighting to your spaces without power.
Thank you to Apartment Therapy for hosting the One Room Challenge. To see the progress of other ORC participants, click here.