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Old 01.07.2011, 20:37
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US lamps in SZ?

Dear EFrs (preferably those who moved here from the States or with electical expertise)...Can you help advise me on the following - I am getting a US lamp, to be used here in Switzerland. My preference is to change the plug from US to Sws (EU), however I am not sure whether I also need to do something with the lamp socket and the lightbulb itself (yes, I am aware of the electrical current differences). For those who moved from the States or have done something similar, how did you go about it - replaced the plugs only, bought an adapter, replaced the plugs and the light bulb socket/lightbulb/etc. I am simply not certain whether the lightbulb can take the voltage change (assuming the plug itself has been changed). Any advice is appreciated! Cheers, Q

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Old 01.07.2011, 20:40
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Re: US lamps in SZ?

You need at least a new plug and bulb, socket may or may not work.

Also, the difference is the voltage, and US bulbs certainly won't work at 2x.

Lastly, SZ is Schwyz, a Swiss state, CH is Switzerland!

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You need at least a new plug and bulb, socket may or may not work.

Also, the difference is the voltage, and US bulbs certainly won't work at 2x.

Lastly, SZ is Schwyz, a Swiss state, CH is Switzerland!

Tom
Yes they will Tom, albeit for a few seconds super bright until they explode All good fun

If it's a standard lamp changing the plug and if the bulb type is ES or some kind of standardised fitting then that too, if it has a dimmer on it then forget it it's not worth the hassle; you'd haver to run it of an inefficient transformer and when the lamp blows have one sent from the states...
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Old 01.07.2011, 21:42
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Re: US lamps in SZ?

I have a small table lamp that I brought with me here from the States. I use a bulb that I bought from here in Switzerland, but I do use a voltage adapter with the plug.
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Old 01.07.2011, 22:15
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I have a small table lamp that I brought with me here from the States. I use a bulb that I bought from here in Switzerland, but I do use a voltage adapter with the plug.
Why on earth would you need a voltage adapter with a Swiss bulb?

Swiss bulbs works at 230VAC, no need for an adapter!

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Why on earth would you need a voltage adapter with a Swiss bulb?

Swiss bulbs works at 230VAC, no need for an adapter!

Tom
LOL!!! Indeed, perhaps she likes it super dim.....
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Re: US lamps in SZ?

Moderator-please close the thread. Thanks, Q
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Moderator-please close the thread. Thanks, Q
Why? This is a question I'm sure others will have in the future. I don't see why it needs to be closed.
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Re: US lamps in SZ?

Primarily because I assume that if anyone else has the same question, they would rather have useful feedback vs. a stream of witty comments. Hence, I do not see the reason to keep the thread going unless the moderators decide to do so purely for entertainment purposes. Cheers,Q
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Re: US lamps in SZ?

You need to change the plug, the bulb, AND the bulb-socket (US is E26, Europe is E27).

Tom

P.S. Perhaps not the socket, as I just tried an E27 bulb in an E26 lamp, and it fit, but not all may fit, depending on the tollerances of the bulb and the socket.

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Re: US lamps in SZ?

Since it's clear we have a room full of electricians, what about my American TV which runs on 110. I actually meant to sell it but the movers packed it up and we didn't notice until they were gone! So, now we can either get it to work, or go through some big a** American TV disposal drama when our stuff arrives. (It's a 32 inch flat panel.)
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Dear EFrs (preferably those who moved here from the States or with electical expertise)...Can you help advise me on the following - I am getting a US lamp, to be used here in Switzerland. My preference is to change the plug from US to Sws (EU), however I am not sure whether I also need to do something with the lamp socket and the lightbulb itself (yes, I am aware of the electrical current differences). For those who moved from the States or have done something similar, how did you go about it - replaced the plugs only, bought an adapter, replaced the plugs and the light bulb socket/lightbulb/etc. I am simply not certain whether the lightbulb can take the voltage change (assuming the plug itself has been changed). Any advice is appreciated! Cheers, Q
I also have a nice lamp coming and I was just thinking of taking it to an electrician and having him rewire the guts, since American lamps run on 110. I think you could use a Swiss bulb if you have a voltage adapter to 110 like Carrie because the voltage is lower, so it won't blow the bulb.
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(It's a 32 inch flat panel.)
Which costs a few hundred bucks by now. You can of course use it: Buy a voltage converter. End of story.

Ok, not totally end of: US has NTSC while the EU uses PAL for the TV picture. Any modern TV (and a flat panel is,...) should be able to do both...
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Which costs a few hundred bucks by now. You can of course use it: Buy a voltage converter. End of story.

Ok, not totally end of: US has NTSC while the EU uses PAL for the TV picture. Any modern TV (and a flat panel is,...) should be able to do both...
We haven't hooked up our cable box yet but wouldn't the output just be HDMI or S-Video???
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We haven't hooked up our cable box yet but wouldn't the output just be HDMI or S-Video???
The short answer is: No (there is still PAL HDMI and NTSC HDMI...). And your TV is probably 60 Herz while in central Europe we have 50. This means that it will work "somehow" - unless it is as I said a TV that can do both.

But there are surely people who moved here from a NTSC country with more know how than me here?
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The short answer is: No (there is still PAL HDMI and NTSC HDMI...). And your TV is probably 60 Herz while in central Europe we have 50. This means that it will work "somehow" - unless it is as I said a TV that can do both.

But there are surely people who moved here from a NTSC country with more know how than me here?
While most TVs here are multisync (PAL/NTSC/SECAM), most US TVs are not.

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I also have a nice lamp coming and I was just thinking of taking it to an electrician and having him rewire the guts, since American lamps run on 110. I think you could use a Swiss bulb if you have a voltage adapter to 110 like Carrie because the voltage is lower, so it won't blow the bulb.
You don't rewire the guts, you just cut off the US plug and buy a new one a Migros for CHF 1.50 or so and put it on.

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Since it's clear we have a room full of electricians, what about my American TV which runs on 110. I actually meant to sell it but the movers packed it up and we didn't notice until they were gone! So, now we can either get it to work, or go through some big a** American TV disposal drama when our stuff arrives. (It's a 32 inch flat panel.)
99% of the time this will not work, most US TVs unless super high spec will not frequency convert and decode the PAL or SECAM standards. The voltage step-down is only the start of the issue....

Using Samsung LCD TV from US in Switzerland
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For sale: one 32" tv that works perfectly in the US and not at all here. Perfect for anyone going back. Bummer.
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You don't rewire the guts, you just cut off the US plug and buy a new one a Migros for CHF 1.50 or so and put it on.

Tom
So, there is no voltage issue with lamps? Just the problem of the plug and the bulb. Did not know that
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