Connector block used behind switches


Postby GPAGE » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:25 pm

I have installed the Live and Neutral conductors to the back of a lightswitch. Is it OK to connect the neutral wires in a 5A connector block behind the light switch inside of the back box.
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Postby kbrownie » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:34 pm

Hi GPAGE,
For what reason?
Need more info on what you have done
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Postby rosebery » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:47 pm

"I have installed the Live and Neutral conductors to the back of a lightswitch. Is it OK to connect the neutral wires in a 5A connector block behind the light switch inside of the back box."

For what purpose do you need to do this?
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Postby moggy1968 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:42 pm

yes, but wrap the block in insulation tape as well.
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Postby moggy1968 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:46 pm

just an afterthought, these won't normally be neutrals by the way, they are your switched live going back to the light fitting. that is normally the case unless someone has done the loop behind the swich rather than at the pendent, which would be very unusual
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Postby GPAGE » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:49 pm

[quote="kbrownie"]Hi GPAGE,
For what reason?
Need more info on what you have done
KB[/quote]

I have run the loop behind the switch. ie the live + neutral feed go to the switch and a seperate live + neutral provide the switched feed to the light fitting.

I want to join the neutrals and wanted to check that a choc bloc was ok.
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Postby rosebery » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:25 pm

If this

"just an afterthought, these won't normally be neutrals by the way, they are your switched live going back to the light fitting."

Then this:

"yes, but wrap the block in insulation tape as well."

would maybe be the wrong answer.
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Postby sparx » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:29 pm

Hi GPAGE, yes it's becoming more common to do this, most mobile homes/caracans are done this way, personally I use one of the push fit connectors to do this as once installed they are totally sealed so don't need taping to cover screw heads etc,
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Postby Click-Sure » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:34 pm

You shouldn't need to wrad the connector blocks in insulation tade, which should not actually be used for the purposes of insulation anyway, the blocks are insulated anyway, all the tape will do is degrade over time and leave sticky all over the block for someone lese to get all over their fingers!
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Postby moggy1968 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:18 pm

it is not acceptable to leave connector blocks without some form of covering.
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