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I have a european (Netherlands) light socket in my house that I would like to convert to a plug socket to accommodate an LED lighting strip. My builder says it won't work, but he's Polish, I'm English and we talk to each other in Dutch, so I think it might just be a communication problem. Some advice please?

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Can you post an image of the socket? –  bib Jul 21 at 14:01

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In the US you could buy a "Medium Base Polarized Socket Outlet Adapter" at any hardware store for a couple bucks.

I suppose both ends are different where you are, but perhaps the picture will be enough to convey the idea?

Medium Base Polarized Socket Outlet Adapter

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I guess there are no smarts in this component beyond simply converting the connections - so replacing the light socket entirely should be ok too? –  Mark Nuttall-Smith Jul 21 at 10:54
    
There are definitely no smarts to it -- nothing like a power transformer or microchip or anything. It's just a physical adaptor. I don't see why you couldn't do as you intend. I'm not an electrician tho. –  AllInOne Jul 21 at 19:19
    
The potential problem with replacing the light socket with an outlet is that there may not be a ground wire running to it. In many locales, it is illegal to install new, ungrounded electrical outlets. If there is a ground, then there's no problem replacing it. –  Zhentar Jul 23 at 14:41
    
The ground at the lamp fixture isn't brought to the bulb socket and isn't available to this adapter. You could kluge something by using a grounded-to-ungrounded adapter and running a wire from its ground lug to the fixture... but realistically, I just wouldn't plug anything into it that needed grounding. Double-insulation is an adequate alternative. –  keshlam 5 hours ago

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