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Permanently removing a wall light

Postby Parkin » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:46 pm

I want to permanently remove a pull-cord wall light that's now surplus to requirements. I don't intend replacing it with another light but simply plaster over the wall but can anyone tell me what I am suppose to do with the wiring coming from the wall so it won't be a safety risk?

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Postby kbrownie » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:38 pm

you must try and disconnect it at the point at which it is being supplied, ie junction box, loop in light circuit or fuse box/CU.
It will most probally be connected from nearest light fitting this could be either via the wall light or the pull switch.
This will mean trying to find it's in-coming supply. Normally in ceiling rose of previous light on circuit!
Is this something you feel confident in doing, remember electrics are very dangerous.
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Postby ericmark » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:12 am

What kbrownie is telling you is you can't leave live cables in the wall. Once you plaster over the point where the lamp was there is no way people can see cables are likely to be in the wall so could for example try to hang a picture where the cables run. It is bad practice to leave even dead cables in a wall as when found at a latter date they will be regarded as may become live and can really cause problems trying to prove they are dead. It really should be all or nothing. Either leave the box with cover visible or completely remove. If you do not have a box in the wall to terminate the cables you could add a plaster depth box with blanking plate. Or turn into electric clock point etc. But again without being on site can't really go much further. No point in my repeating Kbrownie advice which is correct. But if you understand why you may be more likely to take safe options. If your not sure call an electrician.

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