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Steph asked this question 2 years, 1 month ago:

Lamps

Hello. I have an American floor length spider lamp I'm trying to figure out how to use here.  It's the type that takes the candabera e12 light bulbs when I'm in the Stares. Basically, the European E14 light bulbs are too large for it and I can't find anything smaller. I have checked toom, German amazon, and furniture stores to no avail.  So my questions are: is there a European e12 equivalent and if so where could I find it and what is it called? If not, could I just use a transformer? The watts of the lamp is unclear, the cord mentions '18 awg, 105 degrees, 300 v, and .886 mm. ' Assuming awg is the same as amps, I would need a transformer higher than 5400 watts?  Thank you! 



2 years, 1 month ago

Quote by Steph:

Hello. I have an American floor length spider lamp I'm trying to figure out how to use here.  It's the type that takes the candabera e12 light bulbs when I'm in the Stares. Basically, the European E14 light bulbs are too large for it and I can't find anything smaller. I have checked toom, German amazon, and furniture stores to no avail.  So my questions are: is there a European e12 equivalent and if so where could I find it and what is it called? If not, could I just use a transformer? The watts of the lamp is unclear, the cord mentions '18 awg, 105 degrees, 300 v, and .886 mm. ' Assuming awg is the same as amps, I would need a transformer higher than 5400 watts?  Thank you! 


AWG is the gauge of the wire and has nothing to do with the amperage.   You can buy these: 
http://amzn.to/2gSxtNb

I am pretty sure this will allow you to plug an E14 bulb into E12 socket according to the description.  As long as you convert the socket, you can plug your lamp into a 220v outlet using one of these cheap adapters: http://amzn.to/2fTmC67

Just be sure you use the correct type of bulb in the lamp.  The bulbs have to be 220v and the socket adapter is for LED, Halogen, or CFL bulbs according to the description on Amazon.

Also, if you decide not to get any of the above and just use the bulbs that are normally used in the lamp, then you may use a transformer if you wish.   The wattage of the bulbs you use will dictate the transformer output that is required.  If it were me, I would convert the lamp using the adapters and LED bulbs.  It'll cost a lot less in the long run.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Being in the maintenance sector of life as it were, I find great interest in the differences twixt the USA and other countries and their appliances and such.


We have a time here with just the many different base sizes for bulbs, (lamps), but to have to convert the socket size along with the voltage is something that I'm sure many know nothing about.


Thnkx for the the info and the links, veeerrrryyyy interestink !

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