cloakroom light switch

7 May 2006
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United Kingdom
I want to change my cloakroom pull switch to wall switch. I note earlier post says this ok but I queried it with electrician in B&Q and he said IEE regs forbid switch within reach of sink. Does anyone have definitive IEE answer to this? Regards
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It must be suitable for the environment where it is installed, i.e. don't put a normal switch somewhere where it is going to be splashed, otherwise there isn't a problem.
The B&Q fellow is probably getting confused with a bathroom / shower room where there are restrictions of where you can put accessories.
He's wrong. Just wrong. Accessories must be suitable for their working environment (Reg 132-01-07) but a cloakroom is not a special location and a standard plate switch is the norm.
NICEIC Website said:
Domestic kitchens, cloakrooms, bedrooms and toilet areas which may contain a sink or hand basin but do not contain a bath tub or shower are not among the special locations covered in Part 6 of BS 7671. There is usually no reason why such rooms should be considered as locations of increased electric shock risk
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