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Last Updated: , Created: Friday, November 16th, 2001

Can I change one of the double outdoor lights into a plug in socket?

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One viewer asked if they could convert one of the two lamps in a double outdoor light into a socket?

If all you want to do is to run Christmas lights that do not have a ground plug, you can simply screw in a two prong outlet into the light socket. If your total wattage does not exceed the wattage of the original light, no problem.

If however you need ground protection, like for outdoor power tools or other grounded systems, you really should have an electrician install an outdoor ground fault interrupter socket with a waterproof cover as you see in the second photo.

One very interesting outdoor gadget is a special large plastic cover designed to close over the extension cord and keep the rain out while something is plugged in.

Another new gadget we discovered at the renovation store is a portable ground fault interrupter. This short extension cord simply plugs into a regular grounded outlet and then it puts a GFI protector on the line. You plug into the other end as you would with any extension cord.

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Keywords: Electrical, Wire, Wiring, Outlets, GFI

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