Hiding a Live Light Switch Behind a False Wall


Postby Moggybaby » Sat May 21, 2016 3:57 pm

My lounge has two light switches - one at either end of the room. A recent change of structural lay-out has rendered one redundant. Unfortunately, the redundant switch is the master switch and cannot be disconnected from the ring without a MASSIVE amount of upheaval (large fitted wardrobes & carpet in upstairs bedroom would need to be moved!!).

The master switch is on an external, single brick, wall. The plan is to put up a false wall with insulation behind to make the room warmer & more heat efficient. I don't want the light switch pulled through on the false wall as it will look totally stupid and spoil the overall appearance. I would be happy to tape the switch up with insulation tape in the 'off' position & bury it behind the new thermal insulation - which is totally fireproof btw - and just want to check on the safety / risks of doing so. The current wiring is in good condition. Would it be ok to do this?

Thank you in advance for your input.
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Postby ericmark » Sat May 21, 2016 8:21 pm

It will not comply with regulations, the regulations lay out safe zones and the zone is safe because we can see the switch. You can have a blank plate that's OK as it marks the likely route of wiring but your not allowed to hide it altogether.
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