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dakremer

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207 days ago

I am making a DIY Soft Box (photography lighting). I need help with some wiring. I have BASIC knowledge of how to wire up a light.

Here are the pics of the sockets I have…

I have 4 of these sockets that I want to wire together into one extension cord.

Now before the safety police start yapping – yes, I checked with the “Electrical Pro” at Lowes and made sure the extension cord was big enough and that all the components (including the bulbs) were all compatible, etc, etc. And yes, I know….I know…I should probably have a professional doing this for me, as electrical work is dangerous, etc, etc, etc. Well – I’m going to do this myself, so if your “two cents” are to tell me NOT to do it….don’t bother posting :) ok…now that thats out of the way :) :) .....

I know how to wire one socket to the extension cord, but I’m not positive how to hook up all 4 of them. Especially with this type of socket, where the black and white wires are already attached to the socket itself….

Any help would be appreciated!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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dakremer

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#1 posted 207 days ago

When I get the wiring figured out, I will start a blog series on how to build the soft box. These are great and cheap ($50-60) lighting for taking pics of your projects, or using them for lighting during your videos, etc!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 207 days ago

Yeah, don’t do it!! ;-) But if you are going to do it, connect all the whites to the neutral and all the blacks to the hot.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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dakremer

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#3 posted 207 days ago

...I can connect all 4 whites to the extension cord neutral, and connect all 4 blacks to the hot?

I thought it’d be way more complicated than that…. I will have to go buy myself different Wire Connectors since I only bought ones that will hold up to two #16.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#4 posted 207 days ago

Just put the sockets where you want them then run a black wire from one black lead to the next black lead and so on. Do the same for the whites. then tie the wire from your cord to the 1st black and the first white of your run.

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kdc68

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#5 posted 207 days ago

dakremer…looking forward to seeing/following your blog….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 207 days ago

Yup, you got it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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dakremer

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#7 posted 207 days ago

Kevin – this is where I get confused. I don’t know how to connect the blacks to the blacks and whites to the whites. The black and white wires coming out of each socket can’t be removed (that I know of)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 207 days ago

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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dakremer

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#9 posted 207 days ago

Thanks DKV. I get the theory of it, but have never done it, so don’t know how to apply that pictures to actually doing it…haha..

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 207 days ago

Wiring connections are normally made inside some type of junction box or enclosure to help enclose any
sparks or flames that might result from a bad connection. I like to do this also because it makes the
finished product look a lot neater and professional instead of having wires and wire nuts dangling around.
Have fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 207 days ago

put all 4 together and put one of these on it cluster.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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dakremer

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#12 posted 207 days ago

yeah I bought some of those, Topa – just not big enough to hold 5 wires together.

I understand parallel wiring, but I don’t get how to do it with these types of sockets because the white and black wires can’t be removed from the socket, nor does it look like I can add a wire between the two leads.

Topa, whats the different between your way and wiring it in parallel? If a bulb goes out (your way), will they all go out?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 207 days ago

When you tie them all together they are parallel. I don’t understand why you want to remove the wires from the socket. Leave they there. If they are too far apart to connect together, run a wire connecting the blacks and another connecting all the whites.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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dakremer

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#14 posted 207 days ago

They will be close enough to tie all 5 wires together (1 from cord, 4 from sockets). I just didn’t think you could do it that way

”If they are too far apart to connect together, run a wire connecting the blacks and another connecting all the whites.” - this is what I don’t get how to do. I’m sure its really simple for someone who knows how to do it, but i don’t understand how to actually do this…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 207 days ago

Since they are close enough, use a red or yellow wire nut and tie them together. You’ll probably have to strip the wire another 1/4” to get a good connection putting that many together.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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