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Question by Leiden
Submitted on 4/4/2004
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How do you change the wiring of lamps bought in Europe( 220-240 volts) to be used in the United States ( 120)?

Answer by squidley
Submitted on 4/7/2004
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it depends.

1) if it is a simple incandescent lamp *with no electronics* (some have dimming or control circuits or ballast), and is nothing more than wires straight to and from a bulb socket, you may be able to:
- change the plug to a US version
- change the socket to one with a US lamp thread
- verify the internal wires are of sufficient gauge to supply the amperage the bulb you want will draw
- put in a US bulb

the bulb will then match the 110V coming from the circuit, and everything'sok.

2) if the lamp has any electronics, you most likely won't be able to use it in the US without also modifying or replacing the electronics.

if you're unsure which type it is, it's best not to try.


Answer by capt gizmo
Submitted on 6/17/2006
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except for the 60 /50 cycle differences that would only affect motors timers and tv old record players etc....and such ...a simple transformer from 110 to 220 is needed just be sure amperage is right to handle the load of the light  


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