DIY Doctor

Can I Run TV and Sky Box on 5 Amp Socket?

Postby hellom8 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:42 am

I have a plug socket, which has a label stating 5amp lighting only.
Will it cope with running a 47in lcd and sky box?
Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:07 am


Simply Build It

Postby hellom8 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:36 am

TV = 123W
SKY = 45W
So this alone is less than an amp, right?
Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:07 am

Postby thedoctor » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:58 am

If its a 5am lighting box you should only put lighting into it.
Posts: 2529
Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:15 pm

Postby ericmark » Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:20 am

The regulations require the supply to a house to be split into circuits and there is a list as to why this is required which includes loss of lights should there be a fault.

We do break the rules, fitting aerial amplifiers in the loft and shaver socket in bathroom are often supplied from the lighting supply though strictly they should not.

So in theroy no you should not run the TV and/or sky box from lighting supply but in practice you will likely get away with it.

Problem is your unlikely to find a 5A extension cable with two 5A sockets. These have dried up in the UK. Likely can still buy them in Hong Kong I know area to look in and street name but in UK the only option would be 5A to 13A adaptor lead and this is where the trouble starts.

In the loft to supply a TV aerial amplifier no one is likely to try plugging in anything else, but for the TV the risk is too great so even if it will not blow the Fuse/MCB not really a good idea.
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 2544
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:49 pm
Location: Llanfair Caereinion, Mid Wales.

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics