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Knothead62

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642 days ago

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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Bieser

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#1 posted 642 days ago

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 642 days ago

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 642 days ago

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 FTC.gov 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.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#4 posted 642 days ago

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

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Knothead62

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#5 posted 642 days ago

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 642 days ago

post some pics too.

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#7 posted 642 days ago

I second both, go for it and post pictures!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 642 days ago

Pictures? You guys are almost as demanding as SWMBO.

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