loft light

19 Apr 2004
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United Kingdom
... guys - as I'm going to be doing a lot of work on the upstairs lights circuit as per plugwash's reco' I was going to "semi permenantly" wire a simple lighting rose up in the loft with 1.0 mm lighting cable to a plug (with 3 amp fuse) and plu it in my loft socket for use when I have the upstairs lights circuit isolated while I'm working.

Thought this may be useful for any future work which may need doing with lighting circuit off cos it's costing me a fortune in batteries!

Would this be OK or would I too have to stick a separate fused spur in?
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you would be better off running in a spur via a switched FCU, that way it will always be there, and you shouldn't put a plug on 1mm T & E as EVENTULAY it will break, T & E is for fixed wiring
Why not buy a portable work light, with plug attached. That way there's no issue about FCU's, using T & E or siting of the lamp itself. You can buy them with stands, with hooks, with clamps. A much more versatile solution until you get the permanent lighting in, surely? (And not too expensive either)
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Why not use flex into the plug top and grommet/gland it into the light fitting. Fit 3A fuse if doing so.
i wouldnt recomend as dingbat suggests for a loft, they are very directional and too bright, not to mention heat.(great for garage)

I would wire a floourescent in permanently, only has to be done once, unlike trailing light

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