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Bulb Wattage on an outside light

i've had an outside light installed recently. However i used a 40 watt light bulb and hence it's not that bright. Is there a wattage that is recommended for an outside light? I was thinking of replacing it with a 100 watt bulb. I've looked at the manual and the maximum wattage is 100 watts.



Is it essential to have an earth on my lighting circuit? (I am planning to rent the property out)

Is it safe to place cable horizontally connecting sockets in a kitchen behind tiling?

1970s house - rewiring required?

Hi all

I've just bought a 1970s house and am doing some refurb work, which will include new spotlights etc.

I was wondering whether it is likely that a 1970s house would require rewiring and, if this is likely, how I go about instructing a PIR and who is registered to carry it out (Wokingham, Berks area).

Thanks for your help


How long does it take to rewire a 3 bed house ? thank you.

1950s house.
Currently vacant but bathroom work ongoing.
Move in date 12/10. What work complte by then.

Adding an extra light

To add an extra light to a room, I assume you will need to chisel out a channel from the existing light switch in order to lay the extra switch cable.. Is there an easy way to do this without damaging the existing switch cable or is it best to just assume you're going to damage it and replace it?

KVA load for my property?

Good afternoon,

I am in the process of applying to get overhead cables moved, and the company have asked me to supply my 'Load details - breakdown in KVA'

Can anybody advise me how I find this out please?

Many thanks

No electric cooker point

I have just moved to a house with a large gas range cooker. I want to replace this with dual fuel. Gas job electric oven http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/new-world-spirit-100dft-dual-fuel-range-cooker-black-14553797-pdt.html#services. I can't see there is a electric cooker point like in my last house. However I've been told more modern cookers are just plugged in now. Is this correct or do I need a cooker point putting in?

rewire but no conduit

I have had a complete rewire of my bungalow. I now have the plasterers in and i have been told that no conduit has been used to protect the cables in the walls (the channels have been bonded with plaster). Is this sufficient / legal? Thanks

How do I cut off electricity from a plug I don't use

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