Around the world, electricity operates at different voltages. Therefore, electronic apparatuses such as lighting equipment may require a converter to function properly in other countries. If you have a light such as a lamp that operates at 220 volts, you can determine if the light will require a power converter or an adapter to function in a country with 110-volt electricity.
Things You'll Need
- 220-volt to 110-volt power converter
- Adapter plug for the country with 110-volt electricity
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Determine if the 220-volt lighting equipment you want to use in a country with 110-volt electricity requires a converter. Look for a sticker on the power cord. Alternatively, voltage information is sometimes printed directly on the device's plug. If the label lists a range of voltage that includes 110 volts, you do not need a power converter. For example, a label may indicate "220V - 110V." This means the device can function with any electricity voltage from 220 volts to 110 volts.
Attach the device's plug to the power converter. If your device is not rated for 110-volt electricity, push the end of the device's plug into an available electrical outlet on the power converter.
Determine the type of adapter plug used in the country with 110-volt electricity. You can use an online resource such as Electricaloutlet.org to determine the type of adapter used in a particular country.
Plug the power converter into the appropriate adapter plug for the country you want to use the lighting equipment in.
Plug the adapter plug into an electrical outlet in the country where you want to use the lighting equipment.
Move the power converter switch to the "On" position to begin using the lighting equipment.