Outdoor lights fed from socket but using indoor switch?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by shornuk, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. shornuk

    shornuk New Member

    I have an outdoor security light on the back wall. This is connected to an indoor light switch just by the back door.

    I'm looking to remove the security light and replace with outdoor fairy lights (Pergola by back door so will be wrapped around this). These lights run off a 3 pin plug. (These https://www.lights4fun.co.uk/products/pro-series-black-starter-plug)

    Ideally I'd like these to still be controlled via the switch on the wall. Is there anyway that these could be wired as such? Surely you can't wire an outdoor socket to the lighting switch so not sure how you'd achieve?
  2. titch2k6

    titch2k6 New Member

    553-04 Lighting points
    553-04-01 At each fixed lighting point one of the following accessories shall be used:
    (i) a ceiling rose to BS 67
    (ii) a luminaire supporting coupler to BS 6972 or BS 7001
    (iii) a batten lampholder to BS 7895, BS EN 60238 or BS EN 61184
    (iv) a luminaire designed to be connected directly to the circuit wiring
    (v) a suitable socket-outlet
    (vi) a connection unit to BS 5733 or BS 1363-4.

    You can take the cable that feeds the outside security light to an RCD fuse spur (INTERIOR: https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-...ive-fused-spur-white-with-white-inserts/8250p with backbox; EXTERIOR: https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-...oof-outdoor-switched-passive-fused-spur/20523), ideally placed out of reach and labelled 'Lighting Circuit Only', and connect on the incoming side of the connection unit. Cut off the plug from the lighting cable kit and wire the lead to the load side of the connection unit via the flex outlet. Take the fuse from the plug (potentially a 3A fuse) and place it into the connection unit. You can control your outside lights from the switch in the normal manner.
  3. Comlec

    Comlec Well-Known Member

    Remove the lamp and replace with one of these
    Make sure you connect L N and E to the outlet and ensure everything is watertight. Just read the install instructions.

    All for under a tenner, job done

    Good luck with your project.

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