So, we all know about portable electric lights, do we? Time for a reality check.
Electrical Machinery Regulations.
Regulation 10 Portable electric lights
(1) No person shall use a portable electric light the operating voltage of which exceeds 50 volts unless-
(a) it is fitted with a substantial handle which is made of non-hygroscopic (does not absorb water), non-conducting material;
(b) all live metal parts, or parts which may become live, owing to a faulty circuit, are completely protected against accidental contact;
(c) the lamp is protected by means of a substantial guard firmly fixed to the insulated handle; and
(d) the cable lead-in is such that the insulation can withstand rough use.
(2) No person shall use a portable electric light in wet or damp conditions, or in closely confined spaces inside metal vessels, or when he is in contact with large masses of metal, unless, subject to the provisions of sub-regulation (1)-
(a) the lamp is connected to a source of electrical energy incorporating an earth leakage protection device, the construction of which meets the requirements of a safety standard incorporated for this purpose in these regulations under section 36 of the Act; or
(b) the operating voltage does not exceed 50 volts, and where this energy is derived from a transformer, such transformer shall have seperate windings.
Interesting reading. I've seen really dodgy portable electric lights in my time.
How about you?