i needs some electricity outside my house for a wireless security camera.
does anyone make an electrical outlet/socket which would screw into where a
lightbulb would normally go?
i don't know if i'm explaining this in an understandable manner... i have an
outdoor porch light that has a pretty big vented glass globe which is under
it would be perfect if i could just take out the bulb and screw in a device
that would allow me to plug the camera into where the bulb used to be (boy,
do i sound stupid here or what?).
anyway, i did a search for "screw-in outlet" and "screw-in socket" and came
up with nothing useful. does anyone make such a device and if so, what is it
called? are they safe?
No, I thought such a thing would be great for my Christmas lights,
too, and I was happy to find they do make them. I just bought it
at one of the big hardware stores. Every December, I trade my
side door light for a plug for the extention cord.
As far as "safe" goes, they won't supply a ground to whatever is plugged
into them, but you could run a separate ground wire to the box which the
outdoor light is mounted on. Or. use a CFCI breaker on that circuit.
These things are available most places electrical stuff is sold. I
don't know what it's called, just what it looks like.
The socket will limit available current. This is often 2A or 5A.
Either should be plenty for your camera.
Putting a GFCI on that circuit is a good idea.
Readily available at hardware, home stores, or even wal-mart.
There are even ones with abuld socket so you don't lose the light.
However, all the ones I have seen are for use indoors, not sure
that using it outdoors is advisable. In a well protected area
(as you described) it may be ok.
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