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From a light fixture to an inlit.

  1. Aug 30, 2007 #1

    daniel_i_l

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    I'm in a room that doesn't have any inlits (what you put a plug in), only light fixtures. What should I do if I want to use an appliance with a plug (this is on a camping trip and I want to charge my phone). Would it work if I broke a lightbulb, cut out the filimant, and sodered the ends (inside the bulb) to the back of an inlit. Would that be dangerous or something? Is there an easier way?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2007 #2

    berkeman

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    Whatever you are suggesting about hacking into a light bulb would most certainly be dangerous, so please don't do that.

    Could you clarify what you want to do? You are going camping in a cabin that has no electrical power or outlets, and you want to be able to charge your cell phone? Can you just use your car adapter to charge it as needed?
     
  4. Aug 30, 2007 #3

    mgb_phys

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    As long as you don't cut yourself on the glass, electrocute yourself or start a fire it shoudl be fine!
    You used to be able to buy power cables that fitted in light sockets but they don't seem to be available anymore - try a junk store?
     
  5. Aug 30, 2007 #4

    FredGarvin

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    There are adapters that screw into a typical bulb socket that provide a 110V outlet.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Aug 30, 2007 #5

    berkeman

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    Oh, now I get what they are asking. Thanks mgb_phys. Yeah, you can buy screw-in 2-prong polarized adapters that let you plug a 2-prong male plug into them. Pretty sure the hardware stores around here carry them still, although I haven't purchased one for several years now.

    Like this one: http://www.netobjectivesrepository.com/space/showimage/AdapterPlug.jpg


    EDIT -- Dagnabbit! Edged out again by fly-boy!
     
  7. Aug 30, 2007 #6

    daniel_i_l

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    Thanks for the replys, I guess I wont try that idea. The situation is that the tent (it's this big tent that a few people can sleep in) is connected to electricity but for some reason there're no inlits, only light fixtures. I don't have a car and even if I did I'd like to know if there's any solution to the problem itself (plugging something into a light fixture).
    Thanks.
    EDIT: Wow, as soon as I finish posting my reply there're two new posts. Thanks for those links.
     
  8. Aug 30, 2007 #7

    FredGarvin

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    Too funny. And we posted the same picture too!

    "Missed it by 'that' much."
     
  9. Aug 30, 2007 #8

    mgb_phys

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    It probably only has lighting sockets to limit the amount of power you are using, both from a cost point of view and as a safety measure, otherwise people would bring toaster ovens, heaters, big TVs etc. Tents burn rather well.

    You can buy small emergency charges that use a single AA or 9v battery and plug into your phone to charge it, they typically use an entire battery for one charge so aren't economical but are easy to carry. There are also hand cranked chargers.

    ps. Is an inlit what I would call an outlet?
     
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