I am moving house in a few weeks. The new house does not have an exterior
rear security light fitted. Given the new "part p" (or whatever they are
called) electrical regulations, am I permitted to do this myself?
Since it's outside I suspect that strictly part P does apply. This
doesn't prevent you doing it yourself but you must notify the building
regulations people at your local council and they must certify that
Alternatively you can get an electrician who can 'self certify' to do
the work and you should get proper paperwork from them.
What you *can't* do is do it yourself and then get an electrician to
certify it, it has to be the council building regulations people who
... in reality it's such a small piece of work that no one is going to
either notice or care or know that it doesn't have 'proper' paperwork.
It's been such a long while since I did any electrical work in the home I
wasn't aware the T&E colours had changed. I shall have to read up on that.
You could still claim the circuit was there before 2005 even with new
coloured cable. By my reading you are allowed to repair a single circuit
without having to make notification. So just claim the original cable got
damaged and had to be replaced - if anybody should ever bother to ask.
AFAIK you can install an outside light;
"Installing security lighting to the outside wall of a house provided there
are no exposed outdoor connections (as long as no new circuit is needed)"
This came directly from a B&Q 'how to' leaflet on Part P. So you could take
a spur from existing wiring.
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