Posting a message to the forum will remove the above advertisement
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. angel While you're here, would you mind checking out our Electrician's Insurance section to see if we could save you a few quid? - Specifically our Van Insurance Deals and Public Liability Insurance Deals. Thanks for supporting the forum! angel

    5% Discount from Electrical2Go.co.uk for ALL members! - Click Here

Discuss Bakelite switches in the Electrical Wiring, Theories and Regulations area at ElectrciansForums.co.uk.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Please make sure you checkout our forum sponsors, many do discounts for members and, they keep the forum free to use.
  1. Tanzy
    Offline

    Tanzy Guest

    Hello all,

    Might be a silly question. But i had to give a quote for a re-wire. The owner wants to keep the original bakelite switches and i can't find any where (bs 7671 or part 'P' doc's) if i can re-wire the switches and re use them. If any one has come across this before the help would be gratefully received.

    Many Thanks
    Michael
     
  2. JASON
    Offline

    JASON Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Button Pressing
    Unless they need a tool to remove the cover, then they dont conform to current regs (i think!)
     
  3. SYKRAPS
    Offline

    SYKRAPS Regular EF Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    What about pendants they don't need a tool..............you may be right because of the reach required but just putting across a point for debate
     
  4. JASON
    Offline

    JASON Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Button Pressing
    Good point, but the terminals in a pendant cant be touched with your fingers.
     
  5. SafetyFirst
    Offline

    SafetyFirst Guest

    I wonder if your proposed client will pay you by pounds, shillings and pence?

    Each to there own i suppose but i think they look awful.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Guest111
    Offline

    Guest111 Guest

    true,but what about the lampholder?
     
  7. darkwood
    Offline

    darkwood Super Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    The old rocker switches are now changing hands for up to £40 as many buildings have them for the periodic appeal whether they comply or not even i havent entertained the idea.
     
  8. telectrix
    Offline

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    cheshire/staffordshire
    Business Name:
    Telectrix
    or you can buy reproduction ones that comply with current regs. google periodic switches. TLC do metal ones, not sure about bakelite.
     
  9. lauriehurman
    Offline

    lauriehurman Guest

    Hi Michael
    Initial verification
    611.2
    must comply with BS EN





     
  10. Doug
    Offline

    Doug Regular EF Member

    Location:
    Essex
    I'd say that if the fittings are in good condition then it could be acceptable to retain them. You may find though that some are cracked and badly discoloured, with tiny terminals and multicoloured paint around the edges. Also imperial threads and switches with wooden backboxes. With old pendants I've sometimes cleaned the cover of the rose and replaced the cord and lampholder.

    As per telectrix, old fashioned looking fittings are still made though suited to customers with large budgets.

    All new gear sold has to be CE approved and meet British Standards but I don't think this applies retrospectively. If it did then listed buildings would need bulldozing.

    The current 'Wiring Matters' has an article encouraging retention of period fittings in historic buildings.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. decolad69
    Offline

    decolad69 Guest

    The National Trust retain original light switches when they have a property rewired, they also install sockets on the skirting boards. Are the exempt from regs?

    decolad
     
  12. Fin170
    Offline

    Fin170 Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Devon
    Nation trust buildings are not usually new builds :lol:


    I try and save the Bakelite stuff If I can but it's usually too badly damaged or paint wrecked (lead paint as well maybe?). Still looking out for a glass fronted ancient fuse box and mahogany back board as well
     
  13. telectrix
    Offline

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    cheshire/staffordshire
    Business Name:
    Telectrix
    sockets on skitring boards in an existing building are OK as long as there is enough clearance from the floor so that the flexes in the plugs are not subject to stress by bending.
     
  14. Graeme Harrold
    Offline

    Graeme Harrold Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    North Wales
    If the client insists and the switches are still in good condition, put it down on the cert as a departure from the regs. At the end of the day they are guidelines on how to comply.... not law....
     
  15. Knobhead
    Offline

    Knobhead Guest

    The only danger from the old Bakelite switches are the ones with a brass retaining ring for the cover. And with a bit of nouse these can be earthed.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - Bakelite switches Forum Date
X3 isolator switches blown for zip inline water heater New Member Introductions Yesterday at 9:08 PM
Lighting configuration to have many switches or one switch for all lights Electrical Forum Oct 3, 2018
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Users found this page by searching for:

  1. can you use old bakerlite light switches

    ,
  2. are bakelite switches

    ,
  3. bakelite electrical switches

    ,
  4. replace light switch with bakelite switch,
  5. why are bakelight plugs dangerous
Electricians Directory Post a Domestic Job Post a Commercial Job