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Switch for Outdoor Sockets

Postby BrightonJAS » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:10 pm

How do I wire a light switch to turn on/off outside sockets.

The outside sockets are on the ring, with the ring coming in and going out.
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Postby ericmark » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:11 pm

The socket would not be part of the ring only the switch. It is common to us a RCD FCU for this job as they then also fuse the outside socket.
Today of course with all sockets being RCD protected only a FCU would be required.
Using a grid switch which is able to take 20A not the 6A of lighting circuit would also be an option and fuses are available for these but the standard FCU (Fuse connection unit) would be cheaper method.
It would be normal to switch both live conductors line and neutral and the FCU with and without RCD combined do switch both live wires.

It would be a Part P job
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Postby sparx » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:54 pm

you can't!
However it is very unusual to have outdoor sockets as part of a ring circuit,
how many are there, are you sure they are in the ring?
Also don't forget outdoor wiring is covered by building regs. part-p before attenpting any DIY alterarions.
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Postby BrightonJAS » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:14 am

Thanks ericmark and sparkz

Got it sorted.

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