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richtersparty

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Hi

When looping in at switches for a lighting cct what size connector blocks do people use for connecting the neutrals as they come in 2, 5, 15, 30 and 60?

If you were using a 6 amp C/B is a 5 amp connector block acceptable.

Also for 1.5mm using a 10 amp C/B would you again use the 15 amp rated block?

thanks

Andy
 
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johnnyb

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Hia mate, we use 15a regardless of 5a or 10a. Not very often we have neutrals at the switches only if we are taking a cable to an outside light or something.
 
i agree 15a, 5a too small to get enough wires in
 
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lister

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Take your connector block outside and throw it as far as you can, then use a modern much more reliable alternative ( in sure push in terminals for instance) that wont work loose, crack because of over tightening etc.:D

do you guys not allready use thease lil beautys?
 
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Spudnik

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Must admit i prefer to crimp, but many see that as a no no.
 
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sivoodoo

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The waggo stuff is cool, but not cheep!
 
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richtersparty

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Thanks for the response guys. Is it frowned upon looping in at switches?

As it happens I'm wiring two bedside lights and spot lights within a bedroom and for testing purposes this seems the best way to do it.
 
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Spudnik

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Thanks for the response guys. Is it frowned upon looping in at switches?

As it happens I'm wiring two bedside lights and spot lights within a bedroom and for testing purposes this seems the best way to do it.
There is nothing wrong with looping at the switches.

As you say, much easier for testing!
 
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johnnyb

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Agree with Jason, its easier for testing, and i wouldn,t say its frowned upon at all mate, in the case i mentioned before, outside lights and in your case, nothin at all wrong.
 
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lionelmcc

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It is is common practise to loop in at switches in Scotland more often done than looping in at cieling rose
 
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johnnyb

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Yeh, totally agree, and down here in rainy/sunny/rainy Manchester we have firms do the same, and we have pulled our hair out when we need to pick up a L/N/E say for an additional outside light or something, and guess what lads, there isn,t one there, its at the bloomin switch and the customer doesn,t want her decorating spoilt, and its that bloomin delf deck(interlocking board) upstairs and a 2min job takes best part of a day.
By the way i have,nt got much bloomin hair left to pull out mind you.
 
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lionelmcc

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Good point johnny but sometimes either way can be bater for the job in hand
 
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richtersparty

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Thanks everyone, your comments have been a great help
 
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johnnyb

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Hi Jason, no, i meant if the lads had wired in and out of light switch, all that would be at the light fitting would be Sw/N/E, therefore you couldn,t get a supply L/N/E for say an outside PIR for eg, via a spur of course mate.
Other alternative would be to spur off a S/O and spur it, but they are not always found on an outside wall.
I do understand there must be a respectable cost saving on cable, would like to know that? but i am a loop in man myself, call me old fashioned but eh! suppose i am.
 
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Spudnik

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Nothing wrong with being old fashioned!
 

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Hi Jason, no, i meant if the lads had wired in and out of light switch, all that would be at the light fitting would be Sw/N/E, therefore you couldn,t get a supply L/N/E for say an outside PIR for eg, via a spur of course mate.
Other alternative would be to spur off a S/O and spur it, but they are not always found on an outside wall.
I do understand there must be a respectable cost saving on cable, would like to know that? but i am a loop in man myself, call me old fashioned but eh! suppose i am.
With fancy fittings installed in almost all homes nowadays the loop in at the switches makes better sense
The cable to the light I run in three core for any that may require future additions
 
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johnnyb

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Hia Des, go with that mate, have you bought any 3core recently, its bloomin expensive, especially if you are doing aload of brand new houses on an estate say.
Saying that, nobodies building any bloomin houses are they.
 
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