I have chairs and table in the middle of my living room. I want to
put a lamp on the table, but dont want a wire running across the
carpet to the nearest socket (and don't want to tear up the carpet
either). Is there a way to somehow plug in a lamp by remote wiring?
No. There is no such thing as "remote wiring", at least not for standard
house current. Why would you think so?
If you have a basement or crawl space under your living room, your best and
safest solutiion is to install a floor socket that is specifically made for
this type of situation.
One of the homes we built was on concrete slab. Since installing these
after the fact would not have been easy, we pre-planned several locations
where floor outlets were installed. We were never sorry we did it.
What's under the floor? If you have a basement with an open ceiling under
there, just drill a small hole (it won't show in the carpet), cut off the
plug end of the cord and then thread the lamp cord down through the hole.
In the basement install a new plug on the end of the cord and plug it into
an outlet - preferably one with GFCI protection.
There's no easy or inexpensive way to transmit power wirelessly and
battery-operated lamps would be a nuisance since you would likely have to
recharge their batteries every day if you wanted a lamp with enough light
output to light up the table/chair area.
company will laugh, since running zip cord through structure like that
is not up to code. IOW, not a good idea. If you are putting a hole in
the floor anyway, just cut a hole for a regular code-rated floor outlet,
properly wired up in basement ceiling. Or to stay with the simple hole
idea, use a surface-mount floor box. (Basically looks like a fancy
outdoor-rated surface box.) It'll be a bit of a toe-stubber under the
table, but could easily be reversed after OP or next owner changes the
layout. Plug the hole in the floor with a dowel, and sew the slit in the
A previous poster had it right- traditional way to handle this would be
a retro hanging lamp, with decorative hooks in ceiling trailing the cord
over to a wall outlet, and an inline switch at a reachable height if no
switched outlet was available. Wind the cord through the biggest
gaudiest chain you can find, and make it an in-your-face decor
statement. Hell, they used to hang chandeliers on hemp ropes, from
pulleys. Or maybe surface-mount a yuppie track light on the ceiling, and
wiremold the power up to it.
On Wed, 3 Sep 2008 13:45:14 -0700 (PDT), Senin wrote:
I know some of the people here will scream, but if is not a heavy traffic
area, get a fish tape and run this under your carpet. I have done it and it
I'm not going to scream, only say "don't do it".
I have no doubt that this has worked fine for you, but think about it:
do you *really* want to put a run of cable made for
speakers--*speakers*--under your carpet and run 120 volt power through it?
At the very least, if there was a fire, god forbid, on account of this
cable, and the fire inspector discovered it as the ignition source, I
think your insurance company wouldn't be very happy about that.
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