Nowadays, I make stained-glass. One of the things I make is a stained-glass lamp - consisting of a 3-sided or 4-sided 'shade', mounted on a timber base. Illumination is using a mains LED or CFL bulb, in a brass bayonet socket. The mains lead is bought in as a new, ready-made, CE-marked assembly, with a switch, moulded-on plug and ferrule ends - which I wire into the screw terminals in the bayonet socket. There's a cable clamp on the mains lead where it leaves the timber base.
I've been selling these for a while - no problem. I spoke to a potential retailer this afternoon (they're part of an electrical wholesaler) who said that he wouldn't be able to sell these lamps because 'They would need PAT testing, first'
So - anybody out there know if this it true or not?
Short of connecting the L, N, E into the wrong terminals on the bayonet socket (which would be noticed by me on 'final test' as the bulb wouldn't light), I can't imagine a failure-mode that would make the lamp unsafe.
I can (if necessary) buy a PAT tester, test each lamp and stick the sticker on... but is it required?
Any ideas, please? The country is Ireland, but I'm guessing that the same regulations apply in the UK as well... thanks Adrian