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How to Convert a Plug-in Lamp to Hard Wire

Nicole Brown

If you have a specific place where you want to put your favorite table or floor lamp but you need the nearest electrical outlet to power other electronics, you might be thinking of possible alternatives for providing power for your lamp. Although a power strip would a simple solution, you might not want the distraction of a power strip on your floor. Hard-wiring the lamp to an electrical circuit can provide power without the need for a power strip.

Step 1

Cut the plug from the lamp cord with wire cutters. Remove 3 inches of insulating plastic from both strands of the cord with wire strippers. Wrap a section of electrical tape around the wire that was connected to the wider prong of the plug -- this is the neutral wire.

Step 2

Turn off the main power supply to the home to avoid electrical shock while hard-wiring the lamp. Remove the screw from the electrical outlet cover with a screwdriver and set the outlet cover and screw aside.

Step 3

Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the drywall, above the floor molding and beneath the electrical outlet, with a drill. Thread the lamp cord through the hole and up the wall into the punch-out hole in the bottom of the outlet box.

Step 4

Remove the electrical tape from the neutral wire and wrap it around the white wire in the electrical box. Screw a wire nut over the connection and wrap electrical tape around any remaining exposed section of the neutral wire.

Step 5

Connect the remaining wire to the black wire in the electrical outlet with a wire nut. Wrap electrical tape around any remaining exposed wiring.

Step 6

Replace the outlet cover by tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Turn on the power supply to your home to test the electrical connection.