How do I use my curling iron in Luxembourg?

Are you confused by travel adaptors? Advice for those visiting Luxembourg and bringing a curling iron.

Luxembourg power outlet

Summary

Check that your curling iron can work in Luxembourg:

  • If your curling iron can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your curling iron won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need an appropriate power adapter for Luxembourg however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Luxembourg power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Luxembourg, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for Luxembourg otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your curling iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your curling iron in Luxembourg please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Luxembourg

Can I use my US curling iron in Luxembourg?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Luxembourg and provide guidance for using your American curling iron with a Luxembourg power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Luxembourg?

This depends on if your curling iron can handle the 230 volts used in Luxembourg. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use the curling iron in Luxembourg. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Read the section on can you use a power converter to use a domestic curling iron in Luxembourg for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Luxembourg power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Luxembourg?

The standard voltage used in Luxembourg is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Luxembourg power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Luxembourg power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter will you need for using a curling iron in Luxembourg?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need for using a curling iron in Luxembourg?

There are two types of power outlets used in Luxembourg, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt curling iron in Luxembourg - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a curling iron in Luxembourg with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to see if you have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

One method to tell if your curling iron can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the curling iron. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your curling iron and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage curling irons can change automatically, however other irons will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage curling iron. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Luxembourg then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Luxembourg power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage curling iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 230 volts used in a Luxembourg power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you should be able to use it in Luxembourg.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Luxembourg or any other country.

Travelling to Luxembourg with a curling iron

Can you carry on a curling iron to Luxembourg?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [10] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline that is taking you to Luxembourg will allow a curling iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [11] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as curling irons). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Luxembourg

Will a voltage converter work with my normal curling iron in Luxembourg?

The correct power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your curling iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Luxembourg. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring their own curling iron, but it could be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also, a travel curling iron can be substantially lighter than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suited for packing.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Luxembourg?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Luxembourg?

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Luxembourg power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [12] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in Luxembourg.

Travelling to Luxembourg with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Luxembourg?

Bringing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to packing your existing curling iron as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Luxembourg power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Luxembourg. Please be aware that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron could put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by airline baggage handlers. The cost involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality curling iron in Luxembourg might be higher than buying a cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] beforehand to bring along with you. If you intend to pack your own curling iron in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [11] which will also allow the curling iron to be transported immediately after use without waiting to cool down.

How to use a curling iron in Luxembourg using a type C power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Luxembourg with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Dual voltage curling irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Luxembourg, please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Luxembourg you will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Luxembourg simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it in the Luxembourg power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Luxembourg power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the curling iron to use in Luxembourg.
How to use a curling iron in Luxembourg using a type C power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Luxembourg using a type F power adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to use a curling iron in Luxembourg with a 2 pronged Type F power charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Travel curling irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the manufacturers instructions to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Luxembourg isn't the same shape as the plug on your curling iron you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The Type F plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet in Luxembourg simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it in the Luxembourg power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. After that plug in your curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Luxembourg power outlet. You can now switch on the curling iron to use in Luxembourg.
How to use a curling iron in Luxembourg using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourg - Luxembourg country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Smart-Conair-Ceramic-Curling/dp/B002WQ93F8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484157133&sr=8-3&keywords=dual+voltage+curling+iron&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=9539dbabb2cd76a0541c75b1e59576ba - dual voltage travel curling iron
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=curling%20iron - TSA guidelines for curling irons
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  12. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter