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How Do I Hard Wire a European Chandelier to a US Specs Outlet?

I have a Swarovski chandelier that I bought in Germany. I need to hook it up in USA. It has four wires; black, brown, green and blue. I am connecting it to a standard hanging lamp box with two AC wires and a unshielded copper ground wire. Please tell me how to connect this thing!

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  • abelle999 May 30, 2009

    The response I received was not geared towards European spec wiring. Please read the post again and tell me how/where to connect all four wires.

  • abelle999 May 30, 2009

    The voltage doesn't matter as long as I put 110v light bulbs in the fixture. I guess I'll have to get a multimeter and figure this out on my own.

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Unfortunately, No, you cannot rewire this to work. The issue is US power voltage is normally 110v AC from the wall outlet. And european wall outlets are 220v AC current. Unless you have a 220vAC ran to the cieling so you can hook this up, you are out of luck.. If however you DO have 220vAC junction box available where you wish to hang this chandelier, then simple wireing would work..

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    Chris May May 30, 2009

    If you are planning to completely re-wire the chandelier, you will need to remove all of the old wires, and lighting fixtures, and replace them with new ones, once all of the new fixtures are in place, be sure to run the wires as such..
    black -> black
    White -> white
    Green -> ground

    green / bare copper is usually your ground.

    so from the junction box you should see three wires, black, white and green / copper
    from your chandelier, once completely rewired, you will see one or more sets of three, black, green, and white. If your chandelier has multiple fixtures in it, the safest solution is to take all sets of black, and wire them to a single black lead. same with white, same with ground, there may or may not be a ground lead.

    once all sets are combined, make sure they are capped tightly, and well insulated before wiring them to your junction box.. For safety reasons, make sure to test all wiring to make sure power is fully OFF before attempting to work on them.


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Hi there,

When working with electricity always:

  • Turn off the power.
  • Test the wires to ensure the power is off.
  • Lock out the panel box, so no one can accidentally turn the power back on while you are working.
  • Check with local authorities to see if a permit is required.
  • Have your work checked by an inspector.
  • Wear eye goggles and a dust mask.
  • To avoid overloading the circuit, consult a licensed electrician.
Basic Electrical Overview
The following are the basic principles of wiring in your home which can benefit every homeowner: In contemporary wiring, individual wires run in a sheathed cable. "Two-wire with ground" and "three-wire with ground" cables are available:

  • Two-wire with ground cables have a black wire, a white wire and an uninsulated ground.

  • Three-wire with ground cables (used when installing three-way and four-way switches) have a black wire, a white wire, a red wire and an uninsulated ground.


Posted on May 30, 2009

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    micromaster May 30, 2009

    check this one

    you must also have an authorized home electrician with you, to avoid further damaged and danger.


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