I love the look of the globe light in the front porch of the Eichler homes and would like to incorporate that in my new home that I'm building. Our new home has the front porch that is 4' deep x 12' wide. Over the years, I have collected around 10 vintage hanging globe lamps and would love to use 2 on the porch, close to the door. Please see the links for references. My question is, how can I tell if the globe lamps I have can be used outdoor? They are vintage. I've also been trying to look for hanging globe lamps that are UL listed for outdoor but I haven't come accross any. Since the lamp will be mostly covered by the porch, does it need to be outdoor listed? Would I be in trouble if I just use the regular hanging globe lamp for indoor? Thanks!
Carefully ground the fixture when you install it. If it was not built with a ground, you should make certain the whole fixture is grounded. This means, all the metal parts. It is possible that the different metal parts may not make contact on their own.
hello Randy from Dura-Foam,
I have 2 matching globe fixtures that has aluminum metal parts. Does this mean I don't need to ground these? Thanks for your help!
A metal light fixture especially needs grounding. The green wire from the fixture must be attached to the electrical fixture box. A simple test with a volt meter: With the light switch ON, it should read 120v from the black wire to the metal box.
I was able to find outdoor globe lights. e-mail me at jxbrown at aol dot com.