|Forum topic by KatieBot||posted 08-18-2015 12:10 AM||917 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-18-2015 12:10 AM
Does anyone know of a good reference resource about how to safely wire components into furniture?
I’m wanting to make a couple of nightstands that have some electrical components. Namely, I want to have an integrated light coming out of the surface of the night stand. In addition, I’d like to have a couple of usb outlets, a standard 110 outlet (for charging phones/ipods/devices, etc) and a dimmer switch for the built in light.
I was thinking that I could very easily run a wire up one of the legs to the charging bank and then run another cable from there up to the light through the dimmer switch. I have done some home electrical before, so I understand how to wire the circuits.
Mostly I’m wondering if I need to incorporate any sort of metal shielding into the piece and what kind of wire I can get away with using. Also, if there are any components available that are specific to this purpose vs. home wall units and where I could get them from.
I haven’t seen much furniture that has these features, but if anyone knows of anything that currently exists that I could look at for reference, that would be helpful as well. For the most part the most that I’ve seen people do is just a simple lamp with lamp wire and a switch.