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BigSlade's Avatar BigSlade
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Hi all, I just installed my projector and I have a temprory set up running a power cord along the ceiling and down the wall to an outlet, but I have a recessed light that is within 6" of my projector and I was wondering if converting this recessed light into an outlet would be a wise move. The outlet would I think only be active if I have the lights on, so I'm not sure if this is a wise move. I'm not sure if this would cause any issues with the projector losing power every time the lights are turned off. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
jdanforth's Avatar jdanforth
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Hi all, I just installed my projector and I have a temprory set up running a power cord along the ceiling and down the wall to an outlet, but I have a recessed light that is within 6" of my projector and I was wondering if converting this recessed light into an outlet would be a wise move. The outlet would I think only be active if I have the lights on, so I'm not sure if this is a wise move. I'm not sure if this would cause any issues with the projector losing power every time the lights are turned off. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

You don't want to have the projector on a switched outlet. Projectors need to have standby power so that they can cool the lamp after you power it down. If the lamp doesn't cool down properly its lifespan is drastically reduced.
BigSlade's Avatar BigSlade
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I figued that, but thank you for the confirmation. Guess I go to plan B.
calimark's Avatar calimark
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Are u sure that the light doesnt have an unswitched line next to it?
BigSlade's Avatar BigSlade
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No, I'm not sure if it does. How would one identify if it does or does not?
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Turn off the power(breaker), pull it(the light) and look. Red/Black/White would indicate it has 2 live lines, one switched
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