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Replacing Aerial Distribution Amplifier

Postby Stringy » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:47 pm

Hi
I want to replace an old aerial splitter box with a newer one. Labgear LDA2081LR Distribution Amplifier
The old one looks to be powered by a cable connected to the lighting circuit. See photo
The new labgear has a 3 pin plug on it.
See photos of new splitter statistics and the old box connection
Is it ok to either :-
take the 3 pin plug off and wire in the new one exactly the same way as before?
or
replace the plate at the end of the lighting run with a 3 pin socket and then just plug in?
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Postby Mr White » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:20 pm

You have to understand why the previous person installed a "clock socket" first.

As you said it is supplied by the lighting circuit. Lighting circuits are rated at 5 or 6 Amps maximum. So if you were to change the clock socket to a normal 13A socket, anyone could be tempted to plug in something higher rated, this would blow the lighting fuse/mcb as it would be drawing too much current, so to prevent this the previous person has installed a clock socket.

Your best option would be to remove the plug from your new aerial amplifier and replace it with the plug from the clock socket.
Also as its a clock socket, you just unplug it to change the cable to your new device, that way you can keep the lights on to see what you are doing.
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