Wiring in some "fairy lights"

26 Sep 2005
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United Kingdom
Hi All,

My daughter wants some fairy lights in her bedroom. She is a bit young still to cope with plug sockets, but gets on well with here exiting light I put in for her which operatetes with a pull string.

I'm looking for some ideas on how one would go about installing a perminate set of lights, which can be switched on and off with a bathroom-type pull string.

The set of lights we are looking at getting are designed to be plugging into the mains.

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have them plugged in and flex going to a pull cord on the ceiling and then to the lights?
Install a plug in ceiling rose, and a pull cord switch to oparate it, and fit the special plug to the fairy lights

Adam_151 said:
Install a plug in ceiling rose, and a pull cord switch to oparate it, and fit the special plug to the fairy lights

Would work well, aslong as the set doesn't incorporate a plug-in type transformer, as most seem to these days.....bring back the 240 :LOL:
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Well, the fairy lights usually use 12v lamps, connected in series.....

So, 20 lamps (average length), would be 20x12=240volt ;)

But, if the mains voltage was 230volt, ideally you would need 20 lamps that are rated at 11.5volts. I doubt weather the manufacturers could produce a filament accurately enough :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
Thanks for the replies. I had a look in our local B&Q & Homebase for a plugin ceiling rose, but couldn't find one, so I guess I'll have to get one off the net.

The lights are currently connected via a 3amp fuse in the plug. I assume the plug in ceiling rose isn't fused...
Make sure you have something to mount the plug in rose to as well, tlc sell some mounting boxes for them, I also belive they fit onto standard conduit boxes.

And no fuse required, the fuse/mcb on the lighting circuit will be enough, the only reason we have fused plugs in this country is because we use 32A socket circuits
A circular dry-lining box would be ideal to flush mount the plug-in rose.
Again, this is only suitable if there is no plug/trannie, but you could use a 2A socket for connection to the lights.
The set we have brought is just a streight into the mains job, no transformer or box. The lights do flash, but I belive it's the bulbs themselvs that do it.

Thanks for all your help

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