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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

It's dangerous. You've spotted one important flaw but it can combine with others to make a really dangerous product. I originally suspected it was made in Europe by someone with more interest/...
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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

The safety solution is to either add a grounding using a grounded cord with the ground branching off and attaching to the metal as close to where it enters as possible. Or you can convert the lamp to ...
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What is this lightbulb and how do I change it?

It's a double-ended halogen lamp. Looks a lot like a T3 size but I'm having trouble locating a picture of one so short in length as yours appears. The ceramic blocks at the ends of the lamp conceal a ...
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How do I install this lamp on my ceiling?

I want to install this simple Ikea lamp, but I'm dumbfounded by what is expected from me. Yeah, I can see why you might be. Honestly, I understand the original reason for picture-only instructions (...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

That is a Heyco bushing. You need to squeeze, preferably with a needle-nose pliers, in what I would call a top-to-bottom position considering the orientation of how it is installed. If you squeeze ...
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How do I install this lamp on my ceiling?

I'm a big time movie Ask your best boy to handle this. ☺ I'm dumbfounded by what is expected from me. The light fitting apparently requires a hook in the ceiling. Am I at risk for being ...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

Speedy's answer is an excellent one. I here want to add a picture of what these clips look like in the raw so that it is more apparent how they work. The groves along the areas pointed to by the red ...
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What is this lightbulb and how do I change it?

Just to add a bit of terminology info from the web to Greg's excellent answer: T type halogen bulbs feature the letter “T” to indicate their tubular shape, followed by a number which specifies the ...
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How do I determine what max 3 way bulb will be safe in my lamp?

If it says 60 watts max, then the maximum wattage bulb you can safely use is 60 watts. If you could find a 3-way incandescent bulb like a 20-40-60, that would be safe. But I've never seen one that ...
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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

There is no need for wire nuts in any such appliance, and this is a design from someone clueless, and made in a shop that makes stuff for US markets. Nothing sold in Europe should ever have wire nuts ...
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What bulb goes in this UK light fitting?

The maker code Dencon 1415 says it is a normal UK Bayonet Cap (B.C.) lampholder with a removable skirt (often used for holding a shade ring). The section with the bayonet slots has broken off. It may ...
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DIY lamp post using 4x4 pressure treated wood?

It may be easier to make a post out of two 2x4's where you can use a router to cut in a V groove down the center of the face of each piece. The two V grooves facing each other would make a channel ...
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Is it safe to replace a lamp's UK 5 amp round 3 pin plug with a 13 amp rectangular 3 pin plug?

Yes - almost certainly. You need to get the wiring right (the wires should be colour coded in the usual way - if in doubt post pictures). The pins are in the same positions in both plugs. The 13A ...
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How do I choose the correct fluorescent ballast?

You identify the tube type, then the ballast. The fixture decides the tube The fixture and its lampholders are going to decide the size of tube you can use. Within that, you may have some ...
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Floor lamp - what is this part?

Pendant lamp holder or Pendant socket (or perhaps Pendant lamp socket, you never can tell what mixture of words will work best when there's a choice.) That's a very typical stock design with the large ...
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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

I finally fixed the lamp. It was a little more complex than I initially anticipated. I decided to run the lamp on 230V, because it is much easier to get 230V E27 bulbs than 12V. It is nearly ...
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Can 18/2 wire be used in the UK?

Make sure it's the right type. Generally AWG gauges of wire are under the North American regulatory system, which flows from UL White Book standards. (and CSA equivalents). In that system, cordage is ...
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Wiring 3 separate lightbulb holders to 1 footswitch (floorlamp)

I think the simplest & safest way to do it properly would be to get a buss-bar junction box [about £1 from B&Q, Screwfix etc.] You can usually get these in black or white. Clip your one ...
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What is this lightbulb and how do I change it?

Last time I bought halogen bulbs like that, 1000bulbs dot com. If that's a 100W bulb (1000bulbs carries 100W, 150W, 250W), it's $2 (for the bulb; considerably more for the power to run it, if it sees ...
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Is it possible to power/turn-on LED lights through a lamp switch?

The easiest way to run an LED off of 120VAC is to use an LED that's already designed for 120VAC, like a 120VAC LED Panel light. They come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and form factors. (Photos ...
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Rewiring screw less lamp socket, how do I remove wires?

Open one leg of a paper clip and insert it into the little notch next to the wire. The wire should pop right out.
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Building a lamp with a docking station to power my phone.

Unless you need to move the lamp around, you may find it easier to get an outlet purpose made for this. You could google "Leviton T5632-W" for example. You can procure such a device through Amazon ...
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How can I securely mount a ceiling lamp where no box exists?

Nik, you need to install a piece of lumber (or some such support member) that is securely attached to joists, that spans the location where you want to attach the fixture. They make some ready-to-...
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How to reduce brightness of LED spotlight permanently without dimmer?

They're called cinematic gels They are just a gray filter that you put over the LED. You can also get color-tinted, if you are trying to white-balance with other lights. But a light one, and if ...
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How to reduce brightness of LED spotlight permanently without dimmer?

You might consider a dimmer switch that has a "slider" that is separated from the switch. This would be completely code legal, give you the convenience of setting the dimming level once and then just ...
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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

Devices should be listed and approved by a recognized testing agency / authority, such as UL (Underwriter Laboratories). Anything that doesn't carry an approval rating by such an agency is potentially ...
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How do I attach wires to this socket

I believe that the red arrows are pointing at the tabs that actuate the spring clips in the holes on either side of them. Depress the spring clips by inserting a small flat blade screwdriver into the ...
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

It's impossible to say for sure without inspecting the lamp, but it sounds like a bad CFL. Have you already checked to be sure that the bulb is screwed in securely? You could use a multimeter to ...
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

It sounds like a light switch with a built-in programmable timer would meet your needs. Here is an example of one that turns on at preset times for under $25: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004SOZHXY/...
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

There probably isn't anything you can buy that does this for a residential application, but it's done all the time in industrial plants, like this: As the drawing suggests, make good and sure that ...
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