Ceiling Light Fixtures w/ Switched Outlet: Do They Exist?

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  1. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    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.


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    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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  2. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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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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  3. Donkey Hotey

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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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  4. CrazyTed

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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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  5. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    Why not just install a switched outlet in its own duplex box in the ceiling?
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  6. trailer Rails

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    X2, those fixture are all open and easily modified. Plus they cost about $1.99
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    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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  8. Guano11

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    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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    Good tip.

    Hmm, hadn't thought of that; turns out everything's hard wired internally, no "wires" to move:
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  9. Guano11

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    Agree Donkey's solution is the easiest, but a bit too KLRish for me....
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    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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  10. Donkey Hotey

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    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. :lol3
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