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Socket on lighting circuit for LED undercounter lights

Postby 2by4 » Sun Sep 03, 2023 8:33 pm

Ok, i have to fit under counter led lights controlled from a lighting switch. The leds have a transformer plugtop.
My plan is,
get live and neutral from rose,
fit an unswitched socket beside the consumer unit in a high cupboard,
Run T&E to the switch,
(Live from rose to the switch, SwitchLive to the socket, neutral from socket to rose)
Then plug the trannyplug in the socket and run the DC to where i need them.
I'll label the socket "*DANGER*5 Amp MAX - Lamps only" as a bimbo deterrent.
Is my socket acceptable on a lighting circuit?
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Postby ericmark » Wed Sep 06, 2023 11:06 am

Yes you can fit a socket, I have done it myself under the kitchen cabinets so can't be seen from a normal standing position so highly unlikely anyone will unplug the lights and use socket for anything else.

As to switching on/off I use smart controls, hey google turn on kitchen lights is far easier than running wires.

I have energenie mihome, zigbee, smart life, tapo, kasa, TPSmart, and clearly all use different apps, however they can all be linked to Google Home, so not all features can work with Google Home, but it saves using all the different apps.

I have moved to TPLink which includes tapo and kasa, and the main reason is the light switches use two AAA batteries so don't need a neutral and pass nothing through the bulbs, and even with no internet the switch still works, and it shows on the app if on or off. It will unlike many work with any bulb. It simply switches them on/off. Even works with 12 volt.

I have a Lidi Smart LED Light Strip 22 watt colour changing which if anything is too bright, but since smart I can turn it down, however the strip is robust so can stand cleaning, I have TCPSmart for cabinet lights in living room 5 instead of 2 meters, but they would not stand scrubbing to clean.

One option is to put them in a polythene pipe, however you question is about using a 13 amp socket on lights, and today often no option due to the lights being powered with a walmart power supply.
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Postby 2by4 » Sun Sep 10, 2023 8:48 pm

Thanks ericmark.
I've gone ahead and done it anyways. Accept i labeled it warning instead of danger. It's for elderly relatives so it needs to be switched in an existing light switch. It used to switch florescents and I'm keeping the switch for their familiarity. At 90, who needs google.
Interesting setup you've got goin on. I can tell you're proud of it. An inventive mind is always busy.
Thanks for the reply.
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