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Convert outdoor wall light to plug socket

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by pickles88, 28 May 2019.

  1. pickles88

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    Hi all,

    I want to change an outside wall light to some festoon / string lighting. They both run on 240V but the festoon lights have a fixed plug on the end. Can I convert the outside wall light to an outdoor socket? Does it have to be RCD socket? I would have taken the plug off and hard wired it in but apparently it invalidates the warranty. Would this be a better option?

    Cheers
     
  2. EFLImpudence

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    Is it just a normal plug or a wall-wart power supply?
     
  3. ban-all-sheds

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    Whereabouts in the UK do you live?


    If the circuit isn't RCD protected, yes.


    Untrue.
     
  4. pickles88

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    It’s a normal plug. I was thinking of just getting an outdoor single plug socket from screwfix and doing it, but given it’s maybe 2.4 metres up it might be a faff.

    If I opt to take the plug off and hard wire it in an outdoor junction box, should I fix to the wall and then silicone over the top of the box to stop water ingress?

    I am in East London and thankfully about two minutes from Screwfix!
     
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    You can get IP rated boxes, Wiska do some and stuffing glands to
     
  6. winston1

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    It is also bad practice (though surprisingly allowed) to put a 13 amp socket on the lighting circuit.
     
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    Hardly that surprising...
     
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    Isn't every electrical enclosure IP rated?
     
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    It is Winston's opinion that it is bad practise, an opinion based on the probability that someone could plug a high power appliance into the said 13 amp socket and thus trip the 6 amp MCB

    It maybe that Winston is a ( founder ) member of SEPSAFM

    Society for the Ensured Protection of Six Amp Fuses and MCBs
     
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    I read this on another thread I found using the search function. It makes complete sense really. Whilst in this case it would be abit ridiculous for somebody to plug in a tumble dryer using an outside socket that is 2.5m high up the wall, I can easily imagine power tools or a lawnmower being plugged in...

    The only other option is to strip the plug and connect in the junction box.

    I'll look at these also, thanks.
     
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    But that is a bizarre opinion which the OP can ignore completely.
     
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    Yes :rolleyes:
     
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    Like a bucket; IP00 at the top and IP68 sides and bottom.
     
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    True, but the worst that would happen if someone did plug in high-powered power tools (more than about 1,300W) or a lawnmower is that the 5/6A fuse/breaker protecting the lighting circuit might blow/trip - that's what they're there for.

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    It is not a bizarre opinion. Even the OP agrees it is common sense.
     
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