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Wall Lights I want to fix wall lights to a wall where the back of it is in the garage.So to save channeling cables and redecorating I intend to drill through the wall and wire up in the garage.The problem I have,is the only accessible source is a spurred ring main socket. Can I just plug my wall light wiring into the socket,fused at say 5amp.

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  • restcote Jan 26, 2009

    Couldn't I just plug into the socket just like I would a table light.

  • restcote Jan 26, 2009

    Thank You,most helpful.

  • restcote Jan 29, 2009

    Hi Justaskjoe,I realised that I did have a socket in the garage that was on the ring main,so I have connected up as follows:----

    1.Fitted a 13amp Fused Circuit Unit as a Spur to the Ring Main socket.

    2.Fitted a 13amp 4way junction box from the FCU.Live to 1,N to 4 and E to 3

    3.Fitted a On/Off Switch to Junction Box.Live to 1,N(return live) to 2 and E to 3.

    4.Fitted Wall Lights to Junction Box.Live to 2,N to 4 and E to 3.

    Switched Power back on,all units on ring main came on.Switched on FCU and neon lit up and finally switched on Wall Lights,they started to flicker on and off for a few seconds. I switched them off and on a couple of times and they now seem to be alright.

    Is this normal????

  • restcote Jan 29, 2009

    Again thanks for your help.


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Only one socket outlet can be connected to a spur. (This can be a single or double outlet). Connecting a further outlet is NOT permitted, as this could overload the single cable supplying it. Each socket outlet or junction box on the ring can only have one spur connected. Trying to connect two or more is not only very difficult due to the number of wires involved, it can also result in an abnormally high load at that point in the ring.
The number of spurs on the ring must not exceed the number of other socket outlets. If for some reason you need a large number of spurs, it is time to replace the whole circuit rather than keep adding to it.

The only safe way to do this is to run a new circuit from your panel. good luck

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  • Joe Hogan Jan 26, 2009

    Technically you should determine how many other devices are using this circuit and how large the circuit is. For example if it is a 15 amp circuit it can handle up to 1500 watts, and a 20 amp circuit can handle 2000 watts. If your circuit is current underutilized you can proceed.

  • Joe Hogan Jan 26, 2009

    You are most welcome I assure u.

  • Joe Hogan Jan 29, 2009

    Based upon what you have stated here it sounds like you are protected as long as you have everything fused the way you do. Enjoy your lights.

  • Joe Hogan Feb 01, 2009

    You are welcome.


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