Danger high voltage!
September 4, 2012 11:33 AM Subscribe
Another home wiring question: Old apartment, and I want to plug a three-prong plug (for a small fluorescent grow light) into the only two-prong outlet. For the past couple of days, I've been using a cheater plug, but I supposing this is not a good long-term solution. Should I just bite the bullet and use an extension cord to a grounded outlet?
posted by Admiral Haddock to home & garden (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Small grow light to try to grow basil inside during winter. Ideally, the light should be on all day. There is a two-prong outlet very close to the plants, but the light has a three-prong plug.
I've had an electrician there before to ask about upgrading to a three-prong, but (for whatever reason), he said he couldn't put one there. It's an old building, and we're renting, so we're not really apt to throw any money at this.
Electric afficionados, should I just suck it up and get a three-prong extension cord to run to the grounded outlet across the room? Is it unsafe to have a cheater plug with this small fluorescent lamp running while we're out, for essentially the next 8 months?