Can you wire a light switch so that it controls the power in an unswitched
mains socket? When we have the loft converted we'd like to be able to
control the bedside lamps from a switch at the door. This seems the obvious
way to do it
Not a 13A socket. However, you can get 2A or 5A round pin sockets that may
be controlled by such a switch. Ensure they have shuttered contacts, though.
I'm not sure if you're allowed a 2A socket on a 5/6A circuit without an FCU,
but someone may be able to advise.
Alternatively, a 13A socket can be switched using a 20A DP switch. However,
the switches available may be chunkier or not to your taste.
Why not take the plugs off the bedside lights and then wire them into the
From other responses you are going to have to change the plugs anyway if you
want a plug and socket arrangement.
I presume you could join the cable to the lighting circuit inside a standard
wall box (as used for plug sockets) using a blanking plate with an entry for
the wire from the bedside lamp.
I presume that it is not much different from wiring in wall lights (although
they usually have built in connection points for the lighting wiring).
The sparks here may know of a reason why not, but seems to me that lighting
is best on the lighting circuit if possible.
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