06-13-2011, 10:36 PM
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I had to pull my double light socket out of a $7 cheap ceiling light fixture, but after looking around the double sockets seem to be available at your local small town hardware stores but not the big box stores unless you did what I did and buy a cheap fixture to use.
I mean grinding by using a grinder you know the ones that go on workbenches and spin 2 wheels. Or you could use a dremmel or some other rotary tool to grind down the screw.
And yes you strip the wires free of the plastic coating just enough to get enough metal wire out to wrap around another wire. And yes match the wires the best you can just make sure you make a big circle with all of them in the circuit, most lights don't matter too much in which wires are connected to which ones unless you turn it on and the light blows out then that one might care, just try to match them as best as you can, your switch might have two black wires which basically means put it between the black wires of the power cord and light fixture.
DIY projects like this are about trying to figure out what works with what to work, most of your smaller hardware light the screws and bolts you will just have to look at them and estimate if they work, if they don't go back to the hardware store and get a new one.
As for the T-8 bulbs, it would be a really tight and interesting fit trying to get two in there, but is possible, to me most of the cost of t-8 fixtures is the ballast so I would just buy a pre-made fixture since most of the cost is something I would buy already.
Last edited by zof; 06-13-2011 at 10:38 PM..