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    • Kamran
    • By Kamran 17th Oct 16, 1:07 AM
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    Possible to wire an LED bathroom cabinet to a shaver socket? - it has no switch!
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    • 17th Oct 16, 1:07 AM
    Possible to wire an LED bathroom cabinet to a shaver socket? - it has no switch! 17th Oct 16 at 1:07 AM
    Hi all, hope you're well Your thoughts on electrical question would be much appreciated!

    I purchased a lovely Ikea bathroom cabinet with LED lights called Storjorm and it looks great, except that it has a serious design flaw - no light switch! It's supposed to remain permanently on!

    I'd rather not waste electricity so my question is whether I can simply wire it to my 240V shaver plug (and in theory just plug it in and out when needed) - or better still, connect some sort of switch...?

    1. Here is the mirror itself, on the wall, located next to the shaver plug


    2. Here is the info on how much voltage the LED lights on the cabinet can handle


    3. Here is the end of the wire, leaving the cabinet. If i took an old electric toothrbush charger, stripped the wire, could I connect that to the end of this, and then connect to the mains socket?


    4. Lastly, would a simple switch such as any of the following, be wired in?
    - Inline rocker 1
    - Inline rocker 2
    - Flick switch

    Thanks again, your suggestions would be much appreciated!


    Kam
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    • SeaDweller
    • By SeaDweller 17th Oct 16, 4:59 AM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 4:59 AM
    Disclaimer! I am not an electrician, certified or otherwise. Take my advice as amateur, and remember electricity is deadly.

    Looking over the documentation and reviews, the reason there is no light switch is because it is meant to be hard-wired by an electrician; the electrical wiring regulations for bathrooms specify that you should not have exposed electrical parts within reach of the wet zone (unless specifically designed), which is why your light switch is a pull cord or located outside the room.

    That said, the power drawn is 10.5w which should be okay for a shaver socket. I can't vouch how safe the wiring would be (shaver plugs are generally moulded/not-rewirable by regulation/design) but technically it seems possible. Definitely find a switch that is IP rated, but I would stick to plug in/out with a shaver 2 pin.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 17th Oct 16, 11:00 AM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 11:00 AM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 11:00 AM
    It is supposed to be wired into the main lighting circuit so it swiches on and off when you turn the bathroom light on/off.
    I don't know what wires you have in your hand in the picture, but they don't appear in the instructions. You (an electrician) should only be wiring live and neutral colour coded wires into the mains side of the LED transformer.

    Mains electricity and bathrooms do not play nice together, which is why there are so many regulations covering it.
    Last edited by tonyh66; 17-10-2016 at 11:03 AM.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 17th Oct 16, 11:05 AM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 11:05 AM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 11:05 AM
    Get an electrician to come and wire it up properly to your lights, it will be safer, neater and energy efficient.
    • societys child
    • By societys child 17th Oct 16, 12:49 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 12:49 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 12:49 PM
    Get an electrician to come and wire it up properly to your lights, it will be safer, neater and energy efficient.
    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    Agree with that.
    It also appears to be in zone1, if so, I think it requires installation by a qualified person, the council should be notified, and
    the circuit must be protected by a 30ma RCD.

    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 17th Oct 16, 3:58 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:58 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:58 PM
    ... the council should be notified ...
    Originally posted by societys child

    I didn't read anywhere that this is a council house, so why do you say this? Perhaps I've missed something.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 17th Oct 16, 5:49 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 5:49 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 5:49 PM
    I didn't read anywhere that this is a council house, so why do you say this? Perhaps I've missed something.
    Originally posted by JohnB47
    What he meant was that this may be notifiable work under Part P of building regulations (modification to circuit in a special location).
    • Risteard
    • By Risteard 17th Oct 16, 9:08 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 9:08 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 9:08 PM
    That said, the power drawn is 10.5w which should be okay for a shaver socket.
    Originally posted by SeaDweller
    Shaver sockets are not designed to be used continuously.

    Also you would be creating an electrically separated supply to numerous lights instead of having ADS for basic and fault protection of the lights. It most definitely is NOT the thing to do. It's concering that this has even been contemplated.

    Only the use of a fully qualified Electrician - preferably an NICEIC Approved Contractor - is the correct course of action.
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 17th Oct 16, 10:25 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 10:25 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 10:25 PM
    £250 for a bathroom cabinet???
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
    • societys child
    • By societys child 17th Oct 16, 10:44 PM
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    I didn't read anywhere that this is a council house, so why do you say this? Perhaps I've missed something.
    Originally posted by JohnB47
    Yup, you've missed something.

    • Zandoni
    • By Zandoni 18th Oct 16, 6:36 AM
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    £250 for a bathroom cabinet???
    Originally posted by maninthestreet
    Very observant, it is £250.
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