Can you run a socket off a lighting circuit?

Technically, you can wire a socket onto a light circuit, but it is not recommended. There can be problems with overloading the circuit. If you add a socket to a lighting circuit, do it in parallel. Otherwise, the light switch will control the circuit.

How do you spur off a lighting circuit?

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How do you add an outside socket?

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Can you spur off a radial lighting circuit?

A standard radial circuit can be extended from any point or points that provide a permanent live, neutral and earth without worries about having a spur off a spur or extending the ring. Keep it simple and don’t make the installation complicated without good reasons.

Can you spur a socket from a light?

You need the neutral to make the light work but you can take a spur from the socket underneath the desk for a light, you could place a FCU next to socket underneath desk then run cable to light switch and then on to light fitting .. you cannot run spur to spur with sockets incase of over load of cable but a light is …

Can you put a 13 amp socket on a lighting circuit?

Well if the lighting power supply unit (wall wart) has three pins on it and fits into a 13 Amp socket then there is no problem as long as it meets all safety requirements. It does not necessarily have to be supplied from a lighting circuit, it can be supplied from a ring final circuit socket.

Can I run a spur from a light switch?

Unless there is a neutral at the light switch, you’d better run the spur from the nearest light fitting.

Can I take power from a light switch?

Switch boxes can sometimes be used as a power source for a new outlet, but only if the box is large enough and has neutral and ground wires running through it.

How many sockets can be on a spur?

one spur

How Many Sockets Can Be on a Spur? Only one spur can be connected to a single socket.

Can you extend a lighting circuit?

Yes you can extend a lighting circuit to add more lights, though you need to make sure you extend the switched live not permanent live, plus you really should check the earth fault loop impedance to make sure that you are not exceeding the max Zs of the circuit. (If that makes no sense get in an electrician.)

Are lighting circuits ring or radial?


Unlike power circuits, lighting circuits are always of the radial type. The cable leaves the consumer unit and runs to each outlet position before terminating at the last fitting on the line. Most houses have at least two lighting circuits – usually one upstairs and one down.

Can two Spurs be off one socket?

Only one fused spur may be taken from any socket on a ring. From that fused spur you can have as many electrical outlets as you like, as they are then protected by the fuse.

Can I add a fused spur myself?

As long as the job isn’t within a ‘special location’ such as a bathroom or outdoors, you’re also allowed to install additional new light fittings, switches, sockets and even add a single fused spur to an existing circuit (a ‘spur’ is a new cable and socket run as a branch from an existing socket on the ring main).

Is it OK to spur off a spur?

The reason for not running two spurs from the same spur “point” is that it can lead to possible overloads in that one leg of the final can become unbalanced and exceed the max.

Can I run a fused spur from a socket?

If the 13 amp fused spur is on the ring circuit and you want to add a socket to the load side of the fused spur yes that is fine as that individual socket will be protected by the 13a fuse in the spur. If unsure please call a qualified electrician to carry out your works to be on the safe side.

Should outside socket be on a fused spur?

Put it on a switched fused spur that way you can put as many sockets as you like outside and isolate them as well…. Nothing to stop you omitting an isolator if you want, but I personally always install one for any exterior equipment, for all the reasons listed above.

Can I add a socket from another socket?

You can either run this from an existing socket, or from a junction box that’s connected into the cable run of a suitable ring circuit.

How many sockets can be on a circuit?

In a radial final circuit supplying sockets, each socket outlet is fed via the previous one. Live is connected to live, neutral to neutral and earth to earth at each socket outlet. The cable used must be at least 2.5 mm2, and the maximum number of socket outlets per circuit is ten.