I've wired up a double socket in the loft by taking a spur from the nearest
ceiling rose. I've done this for 3 reasons - first - it's on the same circuit as
all the upstairs lighting, so it makes it easy to isolate the circuit via the
main fuse box, (I don't want to blow the trip for my upstairs ring main if the
whatever is plugged into the socket somehow overloads). Secondly, it's much
easier!!, and Thirdly, I only plan on running 2 things from there - a lamp for
lighting (this will probably change into a stip light when I find the time), and
a wireless access point for my wifi house ;-)
Is that all OK? Will the lighting circuit handle them? If I wanted to run 2 5ft
strips, and the access point - would that be OK? How do I work out for myself
the max load I can run?
Cheers all, and please take a look at my question on getting the CAT5 cable into
the loft - I need some advice on that in a different thread!!
The load is fine, but having a double socket spurred off the lighting
ring is bad. If I *had* to do that, I'd put a 3A fuse on the spur. While
you know what you want to use it for, you don't know that someone won't
decide to plug in a 13A heater.
The 5' tubes and access point will be fine.
Thats great - so all I need is a 3A 'inline' fuse between the spur and the
socket? What are they called, so I can have a search on the web?
I could put something like this on couldn't I?
in which case - I could isolate the double socket without turning off the whole
circuit - but still have it fused?
How about the 'calculation' - what do you add up to get the total of all the
Unlikely, but why would this be more inconvenient than plunging the
house into darkness? Also, if it was spurred off the ring main you
would have more capacity load wise at your disposal in the loft.
And technically a bodge.
Depends what else is on the circuit, have you been playing with any
other wires on the circuit?
If you understood how to do it properly you would also know how to
work out the max load you could have.
Although load wise it's all o.k. it's not really the done thing. You
could get away with it in theory.
Better option would be to run a radial circuit into the loft from the
CU to the socket, rated at 16A, wired in 2.5mm t&e.
The lighting in the loft could be taken from the upstairs lighting
circuit and run through a switch in the loft.
It would work, but it is an absolute bodge. What would happen if
someone else followed you into the house and plugged something in?
Usually there is access from a loft into an airing cupboard and a
socket not two far away from that. Drop a 2.5mm twin and earth cable
down to a first floor socket and do it properly.
the sockets is on the other side of the landing unfortunately! But no matter -
my loft/CAT5 question has been solved, so I won't need a socket in the loft any
more - just lighting, so I'm safe to use the ceiling rose spur... I'll even use
a 3A fused switch to be super safe ;-)
Someone came up with a similar enquiry recently. If you can't install the
13A sockets properly, then the final solution, if you can call it that, was
to install a couple of lighting sockets. One powers the lights, the other
the access point.
If the access point has a wall wart type mains adaptor (so can't have its
plug changed), then you wire a lighting plug to a short length of flex and a
socket outlet. You then Araldite the wall wart to the socket, to prevent
your adaptor being used for fan heaters. The load will be negligible in
Just to conclude, and let everyone know I heven't killed myself - I swapped out
the socket for a 3A fused switch splitting to 2 x 5ft fluoro's... Absolutely
lovely job, now I can get rid of the unshaded bedside lamp I had to carry around
with me up there!! I've almost got to put on sunglasses now ;-)
Thanks all for your input, most helpful..
I thought about doing this, but it really makes no sense. If you take a
13A socket off the lighting ring, what's to stop someone (not
necessarily you) from plugging something in which will be greater than
the capacity of the circuit?
You should at least protect it with a 3Amp fused connection unit, with a
DP Switch if you like.
Also, if you want to work on the upstairs lighting circuit, how will you
light your loft while you do it?
In the end I set up the following arrangement:-
Spur from upstairs socket ring to switched FCU with 13A fuse
Then From that to a suitably meaty junction box.
From the junction box I go to 3 more switched FCUs.
The first has a 3A fuse and then feeds a humidistat fan in the bathroom
(very neat way to do things, no need to mess with the lighting wiring,
and no need to turn on the light to turn on the fan).
The second has a 3A fuse and neon indicator and is located on the
landing near the loft hatch. It is used to turn on and off two
batten-lampholders fixed in the loft. The neon means that even if the
loft hatch is closed anyone upstairs can see that the loft lights have
been left on.
The third has a 13A fuse and is located in my study (3rd bedroom). It
feeds 2 double and one single sockets located in the loft. This means
that I can turn off all the loft sockets at the same time I want to (for
example when going on holiday) without having to go up into the loft to
I'm so glad I didn't spur off the lighting circuit, it would have been
much less flexible and would have been a pain to work on the upstairs
lights with no light in the loft!
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