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  1. Super_resin
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    Super_resin EF Member

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    Brighton
    Hi,
    I am not a qualified electrician, but have been asked to install downlights in a garage by a family friend.
    There is currently a flouresent tube in there, which be used as the starting point for the series of lights.
    I just want to know as a non qualified electrician I can carry out this work as a diyer in someone else’s house, as I am not changing the circuit? Or would this need to be signed off?
     
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Do you have any test equipment?
     
  3. Strima
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    Strima Electrician's Arms

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    St Neots
    Walk away, anything goes wrong you will be liable no matter how good a friend you have.
     
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  4. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    But you are changing the circuit ........ its not a like for like unit swap.
     
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  5. Spoon
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    Spoon Trusted Advisor

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    Lancashire
    You will have to give them a Minor Work Certificate for the install.
    As above, you are liable if anything goes wrong with the circuit, so if there is a fire due to the wiring then you pay for all the damages.
     
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  6. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    why do you think you can change the lighting in the garage .
    if it was me your friend. I would say go on knock you self out .;)
     
  7. GMES
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    GMES Admin Staff Member Trusted Advisor

    Hi super resin and welcome to the forum, as others are saying you will need to test and cert the work as you are altering the circuit , if it was a straight swap I would say crack on but with what you propose it needs doing right and you need to cover yourself.
     
  8. Super_resin
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    Super_resin EF Member

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    Brighton
    This is not a change or new circuit as it is already there. I am just adding lights to the already wired circuit. It is a simple job, but I just want to know am I allowed to do this as a diyer?
     
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  9. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    is a bottom .;)
     
  10. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    MATE: You are extending cables .......... and changing the load ....... its not a like for like swap

    Are you charging your "friend"?
     
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  11. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    Theoretically yes but on a practical level then no.
     
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  12. Super_resin
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    Super_resin EF Member

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    I have installed downlights many times and have the ability to do it.
    I just want to know if he will need to get it tested/signed off or not. He is helping, just trying to help him out?
    Thanks
     
  13. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    I will now give the f77king answer .considering you are not qualified. and many sparks are .you are doing some body out of work that is they are trained and insured.considering you are playing with fire .
    would take engine out and strip it .and put it back!:mad:
     
  14. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    I note you have answered my question about test equipment, so lets assume its no ..... so how on earth do you know ANYTHING you install is safe?

    You don't
     
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  15. 123
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    123 Electrician's Arms

    Having seen so often the appalling standard of some downlight installations, just because you have done it before means little. Doing it so it works is one thing, doing it correctly and testing that it is safe is entirely different.
     
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