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Add 3 pin plug to wall light?
I have a similar question to the one in:
except i do not want to use the lights in a bathroom. The lights are from ikea:
I would like to add a 3 pin plug to these lights which I plan on mounting on a mirror to make a hollywood style make up mirror. The mirror is a wooden freestanding one on a dressing table in the bedroom. Would this be safe? What would I need? I know nothing about electricity but from what I have read I will need some flex and a 3A plug.
I am a bit concerned about what was said in the previous post about earthing. Do I need to do anything differently when wiring the plug?
There are two issues that you will have to overcome with this; i) the ikea light is of CLASS II construction, i.e. it has no earth connection at all and only requires a live and neautral connection, therefore trying to spur off of it for a socket that does need an earth connection is not straightforward.
ii) the cable for the lamp is probably not rated at 13+amps so connecting a socket to it which in theory could draw 13amps is not a good idea.
Answered 9th Apr 2012
All circuits in a bathroom now have to be RCD protected, you could use a unswitched fused connection unit, providing the circuit is RCD protected
Answered 18th Apr 2012