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    Light fitting in braai or fireplace

    In a domestic installation, can a light fitting be installed inside a braai or fire place ?

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    Yes, if it's designed to be suitable for the environment. Easiest is to buy an oven light fitting Defy or a similar supplier and use glassfiber insulated wiring.
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    I don't know if it is legal, but I fitted an ordinary light bulb inside my braai. It's been going for about 15 years and only replaced the bulb once.
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    It must just be kept in mind that if a brass lampholder is used for a metal fireplace then the fireplace must be earthed.

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    And for that matter earth the fireplace even if it was a porcelain holder since the electrical wire would most probably pass through the opening hole in the steel work to the lamp holder and one day is one day where those wires get damaged and makes that whole fireplace conductive and pietie goes to take a swim and quickly jumps out grabs his ice cold beer and flips the bloubul steak while leaning against the outer steel standing in a nice puddle of water. Please also don't forget if you use a E/S fitting that the live goes to the inner and the neutral to the outer.

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    i always use a small oval die cast aluminium fitting with a 60 watt rough service lamp. from the switch or connection box close by , i would install silicone wires . as mentioned, earthing is very important.

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    thanks sparkies, that's helpful info

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    Quote Originally Posted by washayag View Post
    thanks sparkies, that's helpful info
    Please bear in mind that the law prevents you from attempting this installation yourself if you are not a registered contractor, or working under the direct supervision of a electrical contractor.
    This forum does not constitute the latter.
    Once the light fitting is installed, or the wiring replaced, a new electrical certificate most be issued for at least the new installation or alteration subject to regulation 9.2 of The New Electrical Regulations.
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