Just replacing a bathroom light fitting. Running from it in the
opposite direction to the standard 1.5sqmm T&E supplying it is a single
core 1.5sqmm red cable (proper PVC outer sleeve and everything). This
connects to an extractor fan, providing a live connection switched by
the light switch. The light circuit is part of a 10A light circuit,
eminently reasonable so far. However, the fan is also supplied with its
only neutral and a permanent live connection from a fused (13A) but
unswitched spur off a nearby socket circuit.
Don't ask me how I know, but this is an electric shock risk (fortunately
only to parts of one hand owing to good self-training).
Does anyone think this is a good idea?
On Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:43:21 UTC, Roger Hayter wrote:
It's a very bad idea. There is the possibility in the event of a fault that
live can backfeed from the extractor fan if the semiconductor timer circui
t fails, to the socket circuit even if the socket circuit is switched off a
t source. Someone working on the wiring could easily have full 240V hand-to
-hand if only the socket live source was disconnected (MCB opened or fuse p
Yes one should strive to get all connections from the one place not two
separate ones as in the future you may not be around to warn them.
Personally I do still find having unswitch lives in ceiling roses a bit of a
nonsense, but then that is probably just me.
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No, that's not OK.
For one, you are effectively sharing a neutral between two circuits.
And you are potentially sharing the lives if the fan electronics fails
in an interesting way.
If you had to do this, using a relay as a full galvanic isolator (relay
coil driven by lights, contacts on the socket spur side) would be
theoretically OK - but it will still confuse the next person who looks
Can you not pick up a lighting live from somewhere?
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