Electrical Wiring in the Home/12V-110?

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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?

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Hi.

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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