Newborn woodworking babby here:
Building a work bench and I want to hang a shop light overhead (attached to the bench, not the ceiling) but I don't want to use a pull cord/chain to operate it or a switch on the unit itself. I would like to wire it to a normal light switch and power it with a normal plug. I googled and can only find results for wiring a switched outlet - not what I'm trying to do.
Also taking suggestions on the type of light I should use. I don't know much about lighting but I know I don't want something that will buzz like hell and strain the eyes.
Also, what do you think of the bench?
get a wire-in type of shop light, an extension cord, a 1 gang box, and a light switch.
cut the cord in half, wire switch into both cut ends of cord, put switch in box, mount box.
now cut the female head off the cord and wire that end to the light. mount the light
Stranded wire won't be an issue, you find it in old houses and on some light fixtures and dimmer switches. If he just makes sure it's tightened down properly, that no individual strands are sticking out(possible short circuit situation), and I'd wrap the side of the plug in a layer of electrical tape just for good measure. I'd do that with any plug. OP, now would be the chance to wire an outlet into your bench too, it's very convenient. You can put in a 2 gang box and wire it before the light switch so it's always on when the bench is plugged in.
I followed some plans that were given to me. I could probably build something without plans but I wanted it to be sturdy and this is pretty solid. It's basically 6 sections - 2 front, 2 back, 2 sides.
And yes, it's big. Maybe overkill.
just the legs are overkill. It is about right for a workbench for the size. nice job if you really are a beginner with carpentry. I know far too many people that don't know how to use a hammer, much less a drill
I'm afraid to meet these people that you know. Hammers and drills are some of the most intuitive tools around. A hammer is just a fancy whacking stick and except for torque adjustment and the CW/CCW "safety", drills are ridiculo obvious.
>I would like to wire it to a normal light switch and power it with a normal plug. I googled and can only find results for wiring a switched outlet - not what I'm trying to do.
If you know this little about electricity plz be carefull. I included a pic with the wiring just because I was bored. You can off course bring the ground wire to the light as well if you're going to use a lamp with a conductive outside instead of a plastic one.
now would be the chance to wire an outlet into your bench too, it's very convenient.
This, it's very usefull.
that might be better if you want to save the cord to the light. Simply cut the extension cord a few inches (like 5 or 6) from the female end. Then just wire the female end as the switches output.
or, just wire in a switched outlet
Thanks - that's what I'm looking for. I've done a few electrical around the house type things before but I just wanted to make sure I do this right. Diagrams are my friend.
As far as outlets, I was planning on just doing something like this. I'm currently leasing and I don't want to wire anything into the garage electrical.