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Having my flat re-wires. It’s on the first floor, with no disabled access. Electrician is saying light switches have to be a max of 1200mm from floor (about 400mm lower than their current position!). I realise that this is the standard for new builds - but does it apply to old properties being re-wired? (and, if so, what reg does this come under?). I really don’t want my switches that low!

Thanks for your help
 
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Andy78

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The height stated is a requirement of the building regulations, not the wiring regulations.
There is no requirement to apply building regulations heights when the work extends to just a rewire.
 
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tell the spark its not requirement unless the roofs taken off ,still the same Hight has before unless you ask him .
So if the roof
The height stated is a requirement of the building regulations, not the wiring regulations.
There is no requirement to apply building regulations heights when the work extends to just a rewire.

So if he left them the current height he can still sign the job off without any issues?
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So if he left them the current height he can still sign the job off without any issues?

We are also having it re-plumbed and re-plastered - but presume that wouldn’t bring the wiring under building regs?
 

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as andy and others have said. your house, you decide what height you want sockets and switches (within reason). ask the electrician what regulation says 1200mm. as said before, it's for new builds and does not apply in your case.
 
You might be happier with another electrician at this point. If you are struggling to agree at this stage you be in for more trouble down the line. Sorry to say. Hopefully I am wrong
 

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Let's be honest - regardless of whether it's required in these circumstances, it's good practice to fit them at these heights. So I certainly wouldn't be overly critical of the Electrician.

In the south of Ireland it's part of the Wiring Rules and therefore must be done in all circumstances, including adding an extra point to an existing installation - even where this results in a mismatch of heights. Personally I don't agree with this idea of rewiring the entire place but keeping the old heights - it seems wrong and lazy to me. But by all means ask him if he's willing to do it that way.
 

telectrix

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sockets 450 min from floor is sensible.... less back bending even for able-bodied. the 1200mm for light switches is stupid except for e.g. wheelchair users. why on earth fit light switches where a 4 year old child can reach them? and i want to switch a light on using my fingers, not my ****.

and (dan) the stars were put in by me, not the swear filter. readers make of it what you willie
 
is it your own flat or rented? as that may well determine the heights if a council have specked them for the 1200
 
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