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Postby pcr » Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:21 pm

Can anyone help please ?.

I am looking to replace the existing bathroom pull cord light switch by a waterproof (IPX5) one, as recommended by the regulations.
Trouble is, after much searching I cannot find a supplier and am now wondering if they actually exist.

The existing switch is RCD protected and outside of zones 0,1,2 but too close to a movable shower head for my liking.
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Postby kbrownie » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:34 pm

You need to contact local electrical wholesalers they will help you or goggle.
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Postby singer » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:13 am

Reference to regs 701.512.3 reads
"Electrical equipment exposed to water jets, e.g. for cleaning purposes, shall have a degree of protection of at least IPX5"

A pull cord switch on the ceiling of a normal bathroom doesn't fit that criteria.

Reference to reg 701.512.3 lists what is allowed in each of the zones but starts by saying this does not apply to insulating pull cords of cord operated switches.

As the switch is outside zones and RCD protected I cant see the need to change it!!
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Postby pcr » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:47 am

Thanks for the replies guys.

The switch is ceiling mounted but just 90cm from a flexible-hose type shower head, I think a typical bathroom. The jet could easily be directed at the switch if someone was daft enough.
Is this arrangement considered to be OK ?. Thanks.
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