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Homemade electrical fixture- 2 wire or 3?

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A friend has some tall big heavy (but not part of his house) bookshelves in his "library". the room is a touch dark and he has made a simple  light box to sit on top of the bookshelves, out of 1 inch thick wood, he put a 48 inch one tube fluorescent strip light in it like yu would have in your garage , it faces up. the light box is open at the back where it faces the wall, and also at the top where the light shines out. the strip light has black white green wires in it.

 he plans to wire it using  standard "zip" cord and a foot switch, it will be connecetd by a plug to the wall receptacle.

do we 2 wire it or 3 wire it? 3 wire seems odd for a light?

That fixture is not "double (post #207039, reply #1 of 5)

That fixture is not "double insulated" and therefore, per modern standards, must have a 3-wire cord.


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never give up an opportunity (post #207039, reply #2 of 5)

never give up an opportunity to go with a ground when possible

he got it done, look nice (post #207039, reply #4 of 5)

he got it done, look nice used 3 wire 16 gage, just plugs into the wall. he wants a floor switch- Lowes and ace do not have them, I searched and found one or 2 at $4 each then ones for machines from Grainger for $25.

Anyone have a good source.

hopefully we can connect the ground wire thru it.

he got it done, look nice (post #207039, reply #3 of 5)

he got it done, look nice used 3 wire 16 gage, just plugs into the wall. he wants a floor switch- Lowes and ace do not have them, I searched and found one or 2 at $4 each then ones for machines from Grainger for $25.

Anyone have a good source.

hopefully we can connect the ground wire thru it.

Here's one. (post #207039, reply #5 of 5)

http://www.adafruit.com/products/423

You only need to switch the hot wire. Make sure to pick a switch that is not momentary.  I'm thinking that this one wont work after further reading the specs.