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Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by enmotion » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:33 am

Looking to wire outdoor lights and sockets as per diagram below.
Just checking if I need 7 core from bottom gate up to middle left gate or is 5 core ok?
Basically I want all lights either on or off and also outdoor sockets.

NB: not wiring this myself, just supplying the items and wondering if I really need 5 and 7 core cable
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Re: Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by someone-else » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:25 pm

Your drawing is too small for these old tired eyes :cb

But you could answer some questions.

What exactly are you wanting to do and what is 5 or 7 core cable doing ? / what's it for?

Generally sockets are wired in 2.5 mm cable and lights 1mm cable, so 5 or 7 core comes into question
7 core cable is only 0.75 mm (way too small)
Believe it or not you can get 2.5mm 5 core cable, but its flex.

You can't use the earth that the sockets are on for the lights.... unless the lights are fed fed via an FCU first.

yep, bigger drawing - please
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Re: Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by OnlyMe » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:33 pm

someone-else wrote:Your drawing is too small for these old tired eyes :cb

But you could answer some questions.

What exactly are you wanting to do and what is 5 or 7 core cable doing ? / what's it for?

Generally sockets are wired in 2.5 mm cable and lights 1mm cable, so 5 or 7 core comes into question
7 core cable is only 0.75 mm (way too small)
Believe it or not you can get 2.5mm 5 core cable, but its flex.

You can't use the earth that the sockets are on for the lights.... unless the lights are fed fed via an FCU first.

yep, bigger drawing - please
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Re: Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by someone-else » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:53 pm

:oops:

wish I hadn't. I can't read the writing.

I think it says SWA which is fine, but i don't understand the drawing, but then again, if that has what the electrician doing the job has designed then who am i to argue?
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Re: Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by OnlyMe » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:26 pm

someone-else wrote::oops:

wish I hadn't. I can't read the writing.
Nor could I :wink:
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Re: Wiring Outdoor Lights and Sockets

Post by someone-else » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:55 pm

OnlyMe wrote:Nor could I :wink:
:lol:
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