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Quick Question About Adapters and Heaters

Hi guys, I have a 12x24 storage unit with a light socket and no electrical outlets. I am wondering what type (if any) small space heaters I can possibly use. Would I be safe to use a light socket adapter that converts the light socket to an electrical outlet. I see the max rating of the 660w is it for an adapter. Based on that the biggest heater I can run is a 500w or 600w. I wanted to use something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-5367-2-I...3051042&sr=1-2

But, unfournately I am afraid I won't be able to correct? Anyways, just curious since I don't have a garage. Thanks in advance.

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Also, for the record propane is not an option for me. Take care.
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Hard to say without knowing what size wire is feeding the light circuit. If the adapter is rated for 660W you are not going to find a heater that is going to do much good at that wattage for the size of your building. Does the building have any insulation?

Here is what I would do. Once you find out what the wire size is you could purchase a surface mount receptacle box and either a 15 or 20 amp receptacle and some wire. Mount the receptacle box on the wall near where you want to put the heater and run the proper sized wire up to the ceiling light socket. Pull the light socket down to expose the wires and splice in the new wire for the receptacle.

FWIW, 14 gage wire is a 15 amp receptacle and 12 gage wire is a 20amp receptacle.

If you are not familiar with electrical work you need to seek out the help of someone who is. This work needs to be performed safely and per any applicable codes.


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Even if you use the adaptor it won't be grounded, unless you ground it separately. Not very safe. I'd go with what 302Z28 says. If the ceilings not drywalled, you could just change light box to a duplex box and have 2 plugs, one for light and one for power. Your problem might be turning of the power to that light. I have a smaller storage unit, and I don't think the owners would like me fooing with their electrical system.
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