I'm trying to build custom 3 bulb lamp.
About me: Biochemistry major so very far from electrical but I've built RC plane models before so I know soldering and stuff. Nothing really about electrical circuits though.
I'm aiming for it to be one of those metal wire trees with wiring running through the branch and trunk. The lamp plug wire will be coming out of the base. The lamp will have 3 bulbs. I am hoping to put 3 10W Philips hue colour lights. (unless you guys suggest to put regular filament bulbs).
My question is regarding the wiring of the project. I want to avoid electrocuting myself and also blowing the fuse of the house. I tried looking at online tutorials but I'm still not convinced enough. How should I go about wiring it and what beyond the bulb socket and wires do I need to make it safe. Do I need a ground wire? I disassembled these ceiling lamps and they this copper wire tightened to the nut of the lid, disconnected from everything else, what's the purpose and do I need it? Also should I wire the bulbs in parallel or series? Do I need a 3 prong (Canada) plug or 2 prong would suffice (Do I need ground?)? The wiring that I'm using has ground I believe (greenish streak on the entire wire in a group of 3, connected to a screw on the side of the bulb socket).
I have a raspberry pi 2 and know some python if that can improve the project.
And any other advice would also be appreciated!