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The American system is 110 Volts and the UK (plus some other EU countries) are about 240 Volts. The formula is Volts X Amps = Watts. Don't panic, that's as hard as it gets. The problem is this, that for 240 Volts a current of .25 Amps is needed to light a 60 Watt bulb (240 X .25 = 60). At 110 Volts this would be about 110 X .5 = 60 giving over twice the Amps for the same Watts. The more Amps, the heavier the wires needed to carry the power. So, to be safe the fitting would have to be rewired. If in doubt contact an experienced electrician to rewire it for you. Better a few dollars than dialling 911 because the house is on fire!

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Yes, you would need to change the wiring of a European 3-bulb light fixture to American wiring because the electrical systems in Europe and the United States have different voltage and frequency standards. European wiring typically operates at 220-240V and 50Hz, whereas American wiring operates at 120V and 60Hz. Adapting the wiring ensures that the fixture is compatible and safe to use in the US.

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The American system is 110 Volts and the UK (plus some other EU countries) are about 240 Volts. The formula is Volts X Amps = Watts. Don't panic, that's as hard as it gets. The problem is this, that for 240 Volts a current of .25 Amps is needed to light a 60 Watt bulb (240 X .25 = 60). At 110 Volts this would be about 110 X .5 = 60 giving over twice the Amps for the same Watts. The more Amps, the heavier the wires needed to carry the power. So, to be safe the fitting would have to be rewired. If in doubt contact an experienced electrician to rewire it for you. Better a few dollars than dialling 911 because the house is on fire!


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