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Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

Hi all,

Does anybody know if it is possible for an electrician here to add 120V circuit to our home? I haven't been able to find any information on this.

Note, I am aware of the transformer option but was curious if the above is possible.
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

it would still need a transformer
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

Sure, anything's possible, but it would require putting a step-down transformer somewhere on your property, like in the yard or in the basement. The mind boggles to think how much paperwork would be involved with the city, not to mention expense!
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

Do you want, basically, a US outlet in the wall?

If so, it sounds bloody expensive, would still need a transformer somewhere and would need some specialist advice, pretty much anything is possible though and if money is no object...
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

You just need a transformer, run plenty of professional equipment that runs on 110v 3 phase in some cases.
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

It probably depends if you own or rent as I don't think a landlord would be too keen.

I'm guessing it would be cheaper (and much easier) to replace your 120V appliances.
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

I was hoping, but it seems unlikely. Sadly, I did poor research prior to moving here and brought all of our electrical items. I aim to store most of our US items (TVs, kitchen appliances, vaccuum, etc.) and just buy Swiss ones. However, our treadmill is quite expensive and can't be stored. I guess I'll have to suck it up and buy 100 lb 5000 watt transformer for that....also considering a 2000 watt for the kitchen appliances. I'm just nervous about having these big electric boxes sitting in our house (probably unjustified fear, I hope).
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

I know someone who built a house here and had most of configured to accommodate their US appliances. So, yes, it is possible.

When I lived in Asia, where the power supply was 100v, I had a 220v outlet installed for my Laura Star. It was for a 2 prong outlet, so I had to use an adapter. I also labelled it with bright orange tape so no one would make a mistake and plug in a 100v appliance.

A competent electrician should be able to do this for you. The costs are another matter, and if you do not own, you need not only permission from the owne to do this, but you may have to remove it when you leave.
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Re: Is it possible to add 120V outlet to home (via electrician of course)?

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I know someone who built a house here and had most of configured to accommodate their US appliances. So, yes, it is possible.

A competent electrician should be able to do this for you. The costs are another matter, and if you do not own, you need not only permission from the owne to do this, but you may have to remove it when you leave.
I was going to suggest it probably only makes sense if you built a house. Having it retro fitted into a rented apartment though is a bit unrealistic.
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