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low voltage light unit - can I put a plug on it?

Postby mercury66 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:27 am


First post, and not to dumb I hope. If a query about electricity is ever dumb, lol.

Thinking of fitting a low voltage wall lamp, but don't really want it wired into main room lighting, e.g. switched on/off along with main ceiling rose light.
Wall light for occasional use so also quite happy to have it switched locally to light.

Wall light is powered by 240v in - 12v out to lights transformer which is expected to be wired in (by electrician?)

Is it possible I can simply put a power chord with plug into transformer from a socket, possibly with some sort of in-line, or in cable on/off switch?

Many thanks in advance for any help,
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Postby ericmark » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:32 pm

Possible yes. However much will depend on design of transformer/Inverter and if it has an adequate covering on the low voltage (230vac) side. The extra low voltage (12v) would not mater to same extent.

With a suitable fuse in plug or switched fuse connection unit (3 amp) there would be no problem with supply but some would allow children to poke items into live parts.
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