Electrical Wiring in the Home/12V-110?


I would like to install a chandelier that's wired for 110 (with chandelier based bulbs) replacing a low voltage fixture.  The wiring in the ceiling that comes from the transformer is 12V wiring, and would require tearing the ceiling out to replace.  Can I just put 12V bulbs in the new chandelier and wire it up using lamp wire to the old 12V wires in the ceiling?


There may be some way that it might work, but jury-rigging things is usually not a good option. If the load on the chandelier exceeded the capacity of the transformer, it would overheat and possibly cause a fire. Also, the wiring could overheat, because you would need thick wire for low voltage with a high load.  I don't know where you can find chandelier bulbs that would fit and be 12 volts.

I would look into other options including a swag kit, or wiremould wiring if you don't want to tear the ceiling out.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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