Lighting - mixing 12v and 240v?

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Hi

I live in a converted victorian house, with 3 flats. There is a communal hallway with three floors and each floor has a light, currently just standard pendants. There are also 3 push switches that turn the lights on for a specific time - one on each of the floors. Each switch will turn on all the lights.

Around one of the areas, the light provided isn't great and Im looking at things I could try to improve it. Something that could help is using a 'wire' system for one of the lights, which would allow me to run lights around a corner (and possibly down a slope?). However, all the ones I have seen are 12v. Is it a total non-starter to put a transformer in for one of the 3 lights and then run this wire system from it, whilst leaving the others as 240v, or is that ok in principle?
 
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There's no problem putting a transformer on the same circuit as other (mains powered) lights unless you want to dim them (in which case you get a dimmable transformer). I can't imagine that you'd ever want to do that with your hall lights so go ahead.
 
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The main problem I can see is whether you, as an unqualified person, are allowed to work on the electrics in the communal areas of the flats...
 
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The main problem I can see is whether you, as an unqualified person, are allowed to work on the electrics in the communal areas of the flats...

The main problem I can see is whether you, as an unqualified person, are allowed to work on the electrics in your house. ;)
 
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Let those without sin cast the first stone. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it's a duck. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Or in the words of the late great Tommy Cooper ' 'Kettle pot. Pot Kettle. Kettle pot' :)
 
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I still don't understand what you are on about.

The OP want's to do some work in a communal area, which BAS rightly pointed out, he may not be allowed to do.

There has been no mention of the OP carrying out work within his own house :?:
 

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Cheers for that. Obviously, I was purely checking whether it was even worth considering these types of lights or if I had to look for another solution... No suggestion of doing it myself ;)
 
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Let those without sin cast the first stone. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it's a duck. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Or in the words of the late great Tommy Cooper ' 'Kettle pot. Pot Kettle. Kettle pot' :)
What on earth are you talking about?
 

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