Electrical DIY projects - if you are not totally sure about what you are doing then get a professional electrician to advise or do the job.
Electrical accessories can be subdivided into two sub categories i.e. products which require to be installed in accordance with the 18th edition IEE Wiring Regulation. The other category includes products which just fulfil a need such as plug in adaptors and travel adaptors, shaver and toothbrush adapters. Extension leads, cable reels etc.
Light switches with 1, 2 or 3 switches and 1 or 2 way meaning a light can we switched from a single or two locations.
Intermediate light switches for stairways.
Appliance switches and Spur units fused and unfused usually with 1 switch and are used to isolate fridges etc
Cookers, hobs and immersion heaters switches will require a higher rating 20amp or 45amp.
A back box which holds all the wires and connections is reuired for all switches.
Metalclad switches for garages are supplied complete with the back box and are surface mounted.
Waterproof switches for outdoor or damp locations, supplied complete with the back box and surface mounted.
Pull-cord ceiling switches are available as a light switch for bathrooms and a 45amp version for electric showers. Activated with a pull cord to switch on /off.
Inline table lamp rocker switch is fitted into the wire which leads to the lamp.
Sockets outlets often referred to as 13 amp wall sockets and are available as single or double, un-switched and switched sockets and some with indicator lights and usb outlets.
Metalclad sockets are surface mounted, used in garages and industrial applications
Waterproof sockets for outdoor or damp locations are surface mounted.
Light switches, appliance switches and wall sockets will require a back-box, the name derives from the box containing the connecting wires behind or at the back of the switch or socket. Available as a metal back box in 1 and 2 gang versions and 25mm, 35mm and 47mm deep. The depth depends on the number and thickness of the wires being used.
Dry lining boxes 35mm deep, are used in hollow or plasterboard walls were where a flush fit is required.
Blanking plates to cover back boxes when no switch or socket is fitted.
Junction boxes are used for joining wires or running a spur from an electrical circuit safely. If you need to join two or more electrical wires or repair damaged cable, then you should use a junction box.
Connection boxes - “Choc-box” when fitting recessed lighting these connection boxes are supplied with a 3 way 15amp block connector and cable clamps. It will fit through the opening for the light.
IP44 & IP65 Enclosures designed for make connections in damp-proof and waterproof environments.
Block or strip connectors. Available 5, 15 and 30amp rated and supplied as a 12 way strip which can be subdivided to meet your requirements.