I’m trying to replace all the lighting in my home with color-changing Alexa-enabled smart lighting. I’ve replaced all the lighting that required straightforward lightbulb swaps. However, there are seven light fixtures in my home that don’t use standard light sockets. Three are hanging halogen bulbs with bi-pin connectors, two are circular fluorescent ceiling tubes, and two are overhead fluorescent bulbs.
I’m pretty ignorant about lightbulbs and electrical wiring, so I probably described those incorrectly.
Furthermore, I live in an apartment rental that’s professionally managed. It's a high-rise whose boilerplate lease prohibits alterations: “Unless authorized by statute or by us in writing, you must not perform any repairs, painting, wallpapering, carpeting, electrical changes
, or otherwise alter our property.”
So how do I proceed? Specifically:
- How risky is it for me to ignore my lease and proceed with these alterations? Friends I’ve talked to say they’ve ignored similar clauses in their own leases. But am I at risk of pissing off my landlord if they see the alterations? I’m fine making the alternations now and rewiring them again when I move out. But what if my landlord enters my apartment and sees the alterations? What actions could they takes against me, and how likely are they to do so? Will asking for permission hurt or help my cause?
- Is it even possible to rewire these fixtures? I’m clueless about how to proceed but suspect I could either a) figure it out from YouTube tutorials, or b) hire an electrician or handy-man to make the alterations for me. However, that assumes the alterations are possible in the first place. Is it safe to make these alterations? Are there fire concerns if the wiring isn’t intended for my use case?
tl;dr: I’m clueless about electrical wiring and lightbulbs but want to replace fluorescent lighting and other non-standard bulbs with standard E26 and E12 light sockets. Should I rewire the fixtures, given that I live in an apartment rental and don’t know what I’m doing?