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decommisioning a bulkhead light and making it safe

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by pappyon, 4 Mar 2011.

  1. pappyon

    pappyon

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    There is an old hideoous bulkhead light outside my front door that I would like to get rid of, but keep the wiring in place in case at a later date when I am in better health I could replace it with something more modern.

    I would also like to be given the alternative option of what would I have to do to leave this wiring dead in the event that I decided I definitely did not want a light outside the front door ever!

    The wiring comes from a two switch plate in the hall, one switch being for the light at the bottom of the hall and the other going through the outside wall to the bulkhead light.

    Could somebody tell me how to do this in a completely safe manner

    Thanks in advance for any advice I may be given
     
  2. JAmmmmm

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    You would have to source out were the cable from the light goes (straight to switch / jb) and disconnect it. That may involve lifting carpets/floorboards so tbh its probably easier to change the light if you feel confident doing so. Alternately you could fit a waterproof connection box where the cable appears from the wall but that may look unsightly...

    EDIT - Just re-read your post, are you saying the double switch is on the inside, directly on the other side of the wall to the outside light and is the cable terminating behind the switch?
     
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    "are you saying the double switch is on the inside, directly on the other side of the wall to the outside light and is the cable terminating behind the switch?"

    The twin switch plate controlling the outside light and the light at the bottom of the hall is on the internal wall at the foot of the stairs OPPOSITE the outside wall.
     
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    In that case, it may be tricky to track down the other end of the cable without lifting above floorboards, unless you can physically see or know where the cable ends? If you want to remove the light then connect a new one later then the best thing to do is to terminate the cable in a water proof junction box, but tbh it's not really more difficult just to put a new light up.

    You could try looking behind the switch, if you know what to look for, but make sure you turn the power off first.

    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/GWBX442.html
     
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