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for USA, Canada and countries using similar 60Hz mains suppliesIf you can get electricity to the thing, it doesn't care if it went through a switch first. If you are replacing an existing ceiling fixture, just cut off the plug and connect the wires directly to the switch leg and ground in the old box. Make sure the chain is shorter than the cord so the lamp is not pulling on the splice.




If you do this work yourself, always turn off the powerat the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work AND always use a meter or voltage indicator to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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Q: Can a plug in type swag light fixture be converted to operate off of the electrical wall switch?
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