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12v to 230v lighting

Postby legend200578 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:26 am

Hi all,
I've just converted a bathroom to a bedroom and wanted to convert the 12v down lights currently installed.

One of them has stopped working so I've bought some fire rated 230v lights to replace.

The 12v lights have individual transformers.

Can I take the 230v feed to the transformer and connect to new 230v light fittings.

many thanks

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Postby BLAKEY1963 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:39 am

iN a bathroom is known as a special location in bs7671. Depending on the zone area that your lights
will be fitted , will dictate 12 volt ( selv ) or 240 v .
The project site might contain info mation in the part p section .

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Postby ericmark » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:14 am

The question is "Can I" and it will depend on the status of "I". In the main since a special location you will need to pay the LABC around £200 and hire test gear at around £75 if one is not doing a like for like replacement.

Read about Part P and then consider is it worth it. Oddly my own bathroom the low voltage lamp is where I should have extra low voltage and the extra low voltage lamps could be low voltage where they are fitted.
Since all is RCD protected I am not unduly worried but if I needed to get LABC to pass the work I would have a problem.

Be careful with zones in bathrooms. If you find a site with Zone 3 then forget it as today there is no Zone 3. There will be many sites showing what can be fitted where.

Clearly you can break the law. However if you do then really asking what you can do is pointless.
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Postby jimmy_one_ball » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:27 pm

No, bin the transformer and use the cable that fed the transformer to your 230V lamps.
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Postby ericmark » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:08 pm

Sorry miss read bathroom into bedroom then no problem it's no longer special location. So yes.
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