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Electrical items CH to US

Looking for some advice on taking electrical items from Switzerland to the US. Specifically, we have a standing lamp (w/ plug) and two light fixtures (w/ wiring) we'd like to bring over. Is there any way to do this, or does the difference in voltage preclude? (I know very little about how electrical items work, in case it wasn't obvious!)
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Will my Swiss Nespresso machine work in the U.S.

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Helps a little, but whilst I'm aware of needing a transformer, I'm looking to see if someone has specific experience with lamps/overhead lights.
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Re: Electrical items CH to US

I don't know about the overhead lights; it depends on how much electronics are in them.

But provided the lamp is a simple one with no weird controls, you can cut the plug off and replace with a US plug. The blue and brown wires should be connected to the flat blades of the plug; the green ground (if any) attaches to the pin. It's a relatively easy job of about half an hour or so and all supplies will be available at your nearest home depot/lowes/hardware store. Don't forget to replace the lightbulb with one meant for 110V, and it should work in the US.
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Re: Electrical items CH to US

Great news! Now just gotta figure out those overheads!
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Looking for some advice on taking electrical items from Switzerland to the US. Specifically, we have a standing lamp (w/ plug) and two light fixtures (w/ wiring) we'd like to bring over. Is there any way to do this, or does the difference in voltage preclude? (I know very little about how electrical items work, in case it wasn't obvious!)


Maddy,


If the light fixtures are plain e27 (old fashioned screw in type) bulbs they will work fine. If they are 220v halogen bulbs you may not be able to find the correct bulbs in the US. If the Standing lamp has a powerbrick, check the lavel, the powerbrick may well be 110/220v rated (like a Laptop power supply, you just Need a cord with the right plug.


Be aware though, if there is a fire, and the insurance Company determines that the lamps are not UL approved, then they will not cover any damage (regardless of if the lamp was accidentally knocked over, or had an internal fault).


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Thanks! This is all very useful in deciding whether these are worth including in our shipment.
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And if you're really attached to the lamp, you can have it rewired in the US. We did this for one of our table lamps brought to CH. . Again, you have to replace the bulb. I have several lamps from the US - plugged into an adapter and switched out the bulbs.
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