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Shaver Socket - OK to connect to 5 amp light supply ?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Bumbly, 25 Nov 2008.

  1. Bumbly

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    I'm looking to put a flourescent shaver light and socket in our bathroom. The only way I can see of getting any power to it is off the existing 5 amp lighting circuit junction box.

    Is that OK, or will it need a 13 amp supply ? (In which case I will valiantly give up and call an electrician)
     
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    Shaver sockets can be taken from the lighting supply (it's one of the reasons why they all say quite clearly Shavers Only - as if you plugged anything else in it might draw too much and trip the circuit).

    Note however that any electrical work in a bathroom is covered by Part P, so you either need a Part P approved spark to do the work, or to notify your local council building control department - see http://www.diynot.com/wiki/electrics:part_p:diy_electrical_work_and_the_law for details...
     
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    a few more points:

    -Im pretty sure for a bathroom you must use a shaver socket with an isolation transformer built in.

    -all new wiring within bathrooms must be RCD protected

    -all circuits CPCs and metel parts (pipes) that come in from outside the zone must be bonded unless all bathroom circuits are RCD protected.
     
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    Ah. Sounds like I'd better get an electrician to do it after all.

    Thanks for the advice, as ever. This is a very useful and friendly site.
     
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