I bought a pendant light that is meant to be hardwired and I would like to convert it to a plug in light ( as I have no existing box in the ceiling). I have read that table lamps are not grounded hence thought may be possible (plus all the youtube "experts" :-O). Plan to use extension cord (lamp cord) for the plug with a surge protector multioutlet box and a remote switch.

The fixture has a socket which is in a plastic/faux wood decorative cover. This hangs from a covered 2 wire (hot & neutral) cord that then is meant to go into the electrical box for ceiling mount. There is a metal cover which goes over the mounting bracket to hide the ceiling box. The shade rests on the faux plastic socket cover and is metal.

The mounting bracket has a ground wire (none in the covered cord with the hot/neutral wires) that is attached to the green (ground) screw on the bracket. This ground wire would then be attached to the ceiling ground wire.

If I do not use the metal ceiling cover and hang the fixture by the cord from the ceiling (using appropriate hangers based on weight which is <6 lbs at most), is a ground necessary? If yes, how would this be added? Or is this fixture simply not appropriate to convert to a plug-in?

  • If the fixture is all plastic on the outside(where your fingers might touch), ground is kind of useless. You cannot hang by the electric cord only.
    – crip659
    Commented Apr 10 at 22:36
  • @crip659 some lamps have cords that are designed to be hung from. Obvs you can't hang it from the plug!
    – Huesmann
    Commented Apr 11 at 15:22


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