Outside lights via 13A socket IP66 box

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FlashBangPhut

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Hi all.

I want to add some lights in my garden, and a socket for the mower.

I was going to sink a dual 35mm box next to a convenient ring socket and put a RCD spur on 1 half, and use the other half for the lights

 

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Hi all.I want to add some lights in my garden, and a socket for the mower.

I was going to sink a dual 35mm box next to a convenient ring socket and put a RCD spur on 1 half, and use the other half for the lights
 

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Sorry, I meant to add that the RCD spur would be 5A fused, the Mower is only a little Flymo so will be OK.

My main worry was the dimmer interfering with the socket and the 2 circuits sharing the same box; both of which you've addressed! Great ta.

 

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There is no issue with the two ccts coming through the same box.

However, I DO have an issue with the fused spur to 5A for the socket & lights.

1) If someone decides to use the hoover, pressure washer, or any other item in that socket, the fuse would blow. Someone could conceivable put a 13A fuse back in the spur, leaving your lights unprotected!

If the socket you choose is on the ring, and it is RCD or RCBO protected at the box, I would simply take the outside socket supply, as a spur, from that point. That leaves your fused spur & dimmer for the outside lights.

KME

 

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There is no issue with the two ccts coming through the same box. However, I DO have an issue with the fused spur to 5A for the socket & lights.

1) If someone decides to use the hoover, pressure washer, or any other item in that socket, the fuse would blow. Someone could conceivable put a 13A fuse back in the spur, leaving your lights unprotected!

If the socket you choose is on the ring, and it is RCD or RCBO protected at the box, I would simply take the outside socket supply, as a spur, from that point. That leaves your fused spur & dimmer for the outside lights.

KME
Yes, I see your point; you're absolutely right.

I'll use the dual box for the lights, (5A FCU then Dimmer) and sink another single for the RCD spur; the CU is old and not upgradable.

Thanks for your help fellas.

 

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what do you mean old and not upgradable, you havent got lead or rubber cables round the house have you?

 

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what do you mean old and not upgradable, you havent got lead or rubber cables round the house have you?
Nope, Sorry I meant to RCD to the ground ring I would need to put another little CU in; -the CU there at the mo isn't anything I can get adapters for or RCBOs to fit in.

It's in a little cupboard that's got no room in I'm afraid.

 

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Nope, Sorry I meant to RCD to the ground ring I would need to put another little CU in; -the CU there at the mo isn't anything I can get adapters for or RCBOs to fit in. It's in a little cupboard that's got no room in I'm afraid.
you can get a little 2way enclosure with an RCD and 2 MCBs for abot 30quidish,

I think they're primarily intended for garages and the like, but dunno if an RCD spur would work out any cheaper, or neater.

just a thought.

 
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