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Electric, wall socket question, extension

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by DrWho, 30 Aug 2018.

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  1. DrWho

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    On a wall side where a 42inch TV screen will sit on a table there is only the one double wall electrical socket, yes, you'd think there'd be more than this on that wall but there isn't, and it has to go on that side, but anyway here's the question lol.

    As I'll be having a TV, router, TV Box, telephone and 2 dvd players we'll obviously need to use extension sockets, and as there are 6 appliances is it safer to purchase 2x4 so we have a maximum of 4 appliances on the first extension and 2 appliances on the other, I'm wondering if this makes a difference for each socket extension or if not is it okay to purchase 1 extension that houses 6 appliances, ie there'd be 6 appliances to one extension per socket?

    If I haven't explained this properly then I apologise.
     
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    Whatever is most convenient. In neither case will you overload anything.
     
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    Thanks so much.
     
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    The extensions have surge protection.
     
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    Probably doesn't do anything, but probably not harmful either.
     
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    Aren't they supposed to protect against electrical spikes?
     
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    Add up the power consumption of each of the devices. TV is likely to be around 300W, router, TV Box & telephone around 120W each and the DVD players around 300W each. This makes a total of 1260W, which at 230V is (almost) 5.5A. The maximum current which our standard square-pin plug can handle is 13A, so it is quite clear that all your items can run from one 6-way trailing socket. I would suggest installing an 8-way trailer, thus giving you two spare sockets for any other low-power items you may subsequently need to plug in.
    HTH
     
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    Thanks, an 8 way trailer? I'm unsure what this is?
     
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    Is it used in the UK?
     
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    An 8-way trailer is a trailing socket with 8 sockets on it - like a double 4-way. You can also get 10-way, and I recall somewhere I have even seen a 12-way trailing socket. Edit: All of these are UK-style sockets. For example, Asda do the 4, 6 & 8-way trailing sockets, (as do many other suppliers).
     
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    Yeah, supposed to. In my opinion as an electronic engineer, the numbers don't add up. But they are unlikely to have a bad effect, other than higher price.
     
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    I have never heard of the term 'trailer' for an extension board. I suggest that it is a red herring - to be ignored.
     
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    Me too, I agree
     
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    Trailing sockets is a common term so...
     
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