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Old 02-15-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Ceiling Light Fixtures w/ Switched Outlet: Do They Exist?

I'm unable to find a ceiling light fixture similar to the one pictured below, but has a pull chain controlling the outlet, NOT the bulb receptable itself.




Does such a fixture exist? And if so, where can I get 'em?

Background (if you care....): I acquired a 4-tube T8 flourescent light for the garage. Problem is, it's not switched and I don't want them to come on every time I go into the garage. I want to be able to switch them independently of the ceiling light bulbs and fire up the T8's only when I'm going to spend some time on a project.

Checked my local hardware hangouts and a bit on the 'net, but no luck.
Am hoping the experts here might have some vectors or advice.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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I don't think it would be that hard to rewire that outlet/light fixture. Open it up, move 2 wires, done.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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Install a screw-in outlet converter to take the place of the bulb. Plug the fixture into the new plug. Done.
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Adding pull chain type switches to that type of fluorescent lights is really, really easy. Drill a hole, cut a wire, wire the switch, put it back together.
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Why not just install a switched outlet in its own duplex box in the ceiling?
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I don't think it would be that hard to rewire that outlet/light fixture. Open it up, move 2 wires, done.
X2, those fixture are all open and easily modified. Plus they cost about $1.99
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Adding pull chain type switches to that type of fluorescent lights is really, really easy. Drill a hole, cut a wire, wire the switch, put it back together.
This is probably the better way, just go to the ceiling fan repair area of the home store and buy a switch. If you are using stranded wire, make sure to put a bit of solder on the end so that it will slide into the switch properly.
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Adding pull chain type switches to that type of fluorescent lights is really, really easy. Drill a hole, cut a wire, wire the switch, put it back together.
That's what I'm gonna do. Wasn't quite that easy in that I had to extend the internal hot wires to reach the switch location.
These cost about $5 at Mom & Pop's:



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If you are using stranded wire, make sure to put a bit of solder on the end so that it will slide into the switch properly.
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I don't think it would be that hard to rewire that outlet/light fixture. Open it up, move 2 wires, done.
Hmm, hadn't thought of that; turns out everything's hard wired internally, no "wires" to move:
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:43 PM   #9
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Agree Donkey's solution is the easiest, but a bit too KLRish for me....


I will eventually have 3 or 4 of these T8 fixtures; prefer not to wire it like my parent's basement!

Appreciate the tips, fellas!
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Agree Donkey's solution is the easiest, but a bit too KLRish for me....
Hey, I'm not hurt. I didn't know if you thought a flashlight might electrocute you or you lived in a rental or whatever (it's certainly the fastest, cheapest solution). Yeah, the chain switch is an easy addition if you're comfortable doing wiring.

I've got six, twin-tube, 8-foot fixtures and a four footer in a three car garage. It's ALMOST enough.
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