07-05-2012 11:12 AM
In my work I constantly see pantries with weird shapes and deep shelves which make it hard to see inside. One of my clients took a rope light and ran it to the back of each shelf on the sides and their pantry now "glows" and is awesome!
I would like to learn how to change a single light pantry fixture into one that has a plug so I can add this to gloomy pantries. Seems like it would be a simple job. Help and thanks!!
07-05-2012 04:44 PM
Good afternoon ProOrganizer,
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
I work in the lighting department at my Home Depot store, and I get this question quite a bit.
Also, we've gotten this same question here on the community. It was regarding converting a hard-wired chandelier out to a plug in style, but the same rules apply to your pantry light fixture.
To view the post on converting a hard-wired chandelier to a plug-in, click here.
In the post, you'll see the materials and items you will need to do this, and as you said yourself, it is a simple job.
Even if theres no nearby receptacle to be found, you can also use a wireless battery operated system that also works great for those dark corners in the pantry. Below is one that works great and has a great price, just something else to consider as another option...
I hope these links provided have helped in your lighting decisions, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
I am a 12 year Home Depot Store Associate, trained and authorized to help people on the Internet.
07-06-2012 10:41 AM
Joe gave some great ideas, but I am wondering if you are asking about pantries that have power at the ceiling, and want a plug in outlet at that location.
If this is the case there is the old standard, but not very decorative, porcelain lamp holder:
This is by far the easiest way to get an outlet at a ceiling location.
In many cases, the electrical box in the ceiling will not be sized to accept a "normal" duplex outlet. An electrician will be able to install switched outlets inside the pantry on the walls where ever you need them to add lighting.
I hope this helps,
I'm a Home Depot Store Associate, trained and authorized to help people on the Internet.
07-07-2012 04:42 PM
Hello ProOrganizer, let me in on this
If you want to add rope lighting on your shelves, why not just add a receptacle above each shelf and make it look professional? This way you will not see any ugly cords and if you use LED Ropes that dont use many watts you can control them from the same switch as the Pantry light itself.
Its pretty easy if you have the rite things in place.
Take a picture of the inside of the Pantry and where the switch is located...post them here so I can see and I will walk you through the steps.
Sounds like a great little project.