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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 11-16-2012 03:59 PM 1704 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2012 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: liability lamp lamps electrical question

I have always wanted to build small decor lamps but an wondering about the liability involved. I have a lot of experience in electrical applainces and lighting so I feel OK there. I’m concerned about how someone might do something that would create a dnagerous situation. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 04:10 PM

Maybe you could sell them without the electrical in them and let someone install the lighting of their choice? All your doing is the woodworking part… etc.

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 05:21 PM

Good idea! While pondering what replies I might get, there is a lamp shop in town. Turn the wood and let him add the electrical stuff.

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 05:39 PM

Might be worth springing for a copy of the ANSI/UL 153, “Portable Electric Luminaires” standard, but in a quick web search it appears to me (and I haven’t verified this with a visit to the store) that you can buy a UL approved assembly which has the socket to the plug. At that point the only thing you’re worried about is lamp shade clearance.

I’ve tried a quick Google search of the web site looking to see what standards they’ve got, but I suspect that if you use the best plug/socket assemblies you can get and simply incorporate those into your frame, make sure you have reasonable lampshade clearance, and sell the things with CFLs (which are quite a bit cooler than incandescents), you’ll never have a problem.

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 09:19 PM

Fear is what keeps the average guy from taking the leap. Go for it !

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 09:44 PM

Thanks to all. Lowe’s and HD are close by- I’ll see if they have a UL approved assembly.

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 09:46 PM

post some pics too.

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 09:59 PM

I second both, go for it and post pictures!

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 10:05 PM

Pictures? You guys are almost as demanding as SWMBO.

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