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Extending a lighting cable

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by scottpetrie, 2 Apr 2020.

  1. scottpetrie

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    F7A892DA-EDC4-463C-ADAA-4F474FC364D3.jpeg Hi
    I would like to move 2 wall lights on my living room wall approx 1-2ft along so they are central with my new chimney breast but havent got enough length on the existing cable. Whats the best way to extend this? I have a couple of these sitting in the garage, would they be any use?
     
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    aren't they a bit big to fit into a wall?
     
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    Im decorating so can cut out some plasterboard to re-route
     
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    They could be used - however cables still need to be installed in the permitted locations.
    Extending cables horizontally isn't permitted if you are leaving a vertical section in the wall where the old lights were.
     
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    All I want to do is move the light fitting approx 1ft to the left
     
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    Yes. So you need to move the cable so that it comes vertically down the wall to the new position.
    You are not permitted to join at the existing location and run an extension at right angles, if you are plastering over the junction point.
    sorry. That’s the rules.
     
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