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    6 amp socket

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    I have noticed that unswitched 6 amp sockets have been extensively used to connect fixed roof fans in a building and fixed extractor fans in bathrooms .
    I don't see where the regulations permit the use of 6 amp sockets for these applications . The only place where I can find that 6 amp sockets are allowed are in lighting circuits as per the regulations.

    Is the connection of fixed appliances via 6 amp sockets not from older regulations
    Does one replace all the fixed appliance 6 amp sockets with 16 amp sockets or isolators.

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    Interestingly, the 6 amp socket satisfies the requirements of an isolating device.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    With or without one of these?

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    There's no reason or regulation I know of that would prevent a BS546 6A skt (aren't they actually 5A?) from being used on any appliance on any circuit as long as the load current and OCPD are suitable.
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    Hi All
    See reg 6.15.2.1 which says socket outlets rated aat less than 16 amp shall not be used unless otherwise allowed. The only place I can see 6 amp sockets are allowed is with lights.With fixed appliances it is not specified.
    Andy what is the red device.Thanks

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    It's a padlockable lockout device for a plug to allow safe isolation so nobody can plug the item back in whilst you're working on it.
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    Ok now I can see the device better. I was looking on my cell phone .
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