Workshop Electrics & Lights – Making a Small Workshop (Part 6)

Time to install some workshop electrics! Welcome to part 6 of my workshop upgrade series. Today I’m installing the electrics and lighting. This means sockets (outlets) and spot lights.

You can watch the full video here:

Installing my Workshop Lighting and Electrics - Workshop Upgrade Part 6

Firstly, I AM NOT AN ELECTRICIAN however I’m very comfortable with electrics. My dad was a sparky and I was helping him on jobs from about the age of 8. I’ve worked with electrics for my entire life. DO NOT attempt any work with electricity if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I fitted GU10 LED spot lights in the ceiling. Initially I used some spare IP-rated downlights designed for a bathroom but these gave off a very narrow beam and were next to useless, so I swapped them for standard fittings. There’s not a lot to say about the install because if you don’t know what I doing from watching the video you shouldn’t be touching electrics.

I extended the existing radial circuit for the sockets using conduit and metal fittings. Since I’ve only got a 16A supply and MCB there was little point in fitting a full ring. If I ever have the supply to the garage upgraded I’ll continue the last leg of the radial circuit around to complete the ring.

Note that the sockets are protected by a key-switch so that everything can be locked off for safety. I have a separate spur off that bypasses this switch for battery chargers that are left on all the time. That’s it – I have light and power!

Last updated: 15 Dec 2016
Originally published: 15 Dec 2016


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