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Could I power a light (maybe 60 or 40 watt bulb) using a bit of twin and earth on a 5 amp plug, straight into 230 mains?

I need a light in my loft and want to rig something up?

What size cable do I need and is 5amp fuse correct?
 
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bigsi88

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of course you could do it, but depending what method you use, it might not comply with regs. Thats if you actually care about regs. But just use 1.5mm2 t+E. On a 6A circuit breaker. Or if your coming off a spur use a 3 or 5A fuse. Your'e also better off putting a pendant up on a ceiling rose rather than a 5A socket
 
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MrTrance

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^ im only first year at college, so most of that doesnt make sense lol. I mean just a light bulb wired with a bit of 1.5 of to a fused plug so I could plug it into an extension from my loft and then onto a socket on second floor?
 
^ im only first year at college, so most of that doesnt make sense lol. I mean just a light bulb wired with a bit of 1.5 of to a fused plug so I could plug it into an extension from my loft and then onto a socket on second floor?
MrT you are
better off buying a ready made up inspection lamp,comes with plug and several meters of flex,and often comes with a guard around the bulb and even a hanging hook,save you having to mess about with things you might damage yourself with,such as electric.
 
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Adam W

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Twin & Earth shouldn't be used with a plug because it isn't flexible enough.
If it's a temporary measure you'd be better off using an inspection lamp, otherwise seeing as it's in the loft you could probably loop on from the upstairs lighting circuit.

Be careful though...
 
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