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Question Homemake Lamp Question

So, I have played around the last couple years making log furniture for myself. One of the things I have made is lamps out of driftwood.

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If I am to make and sell lamps, what steps do I need to take to make sure they are legal to sell because of the electrical components involved? I would hate to sell a lamp and then get sued because it burned somebodies house down (or they think it did). I would also hate for the government to come knocking because I wasn't a licensed electrician.
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It today's world you could make a brick and someone will eventually sue you if they think you have the money even if they drop it on their own foot. Any time you manufacture anything you just have to take your chances. I would just go ahead and make the lamps and run as much of the cord through conduit as you can. If there is going to be a problem it will be at the plug or socket end. I made a wood lamp once and just used a extension cord that already had the male plug on it and cut the outlet end off to wire to the receptacle.
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When I started out, my first products were lamps. The certification for lamps is a UL approval (Underwriters Laboratories). If you submit samples to their lab and pay their exorbitant fee to get their labels, that still doesn't get you off the hook.

If you use proper assembly parts, and they are UL approved, and prudent methods, that's all I did. I'm not saying I was right, just that it's what I did.





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Thanks for the info guys.

The problem with using conduit is my lamps are VERY curvy so I have to route a groovy up the back side and place the cord back in the groove. I wouldn't think a conduit would not work in that situation. Unless you know of a way to do it better?

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Thanks for the info guys.

The problem with using conduit is my lamps are VERY curvy so I have to route a groovy up the back side and place the cord back in the groove. I wouldn't think a conduit would not work in that situation. Unless you know of a way to do it better?

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Very cool fixture. You are correct, conduit will not work. If you have to have the electrical shielded, you might be able to use a flexible greenfield known as "superflex". I've used ⅜" flex that can be tied in a knot. Or if the curves are too tight you could use #14 Romex-NM, and fit it into a groove.






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