- 2 pin plug wired into 3 pin plug, possible?
No, it’ll be fine.
You need an earth wire when you’ve got metal casings on appliances; the earth wire provides a preferred path to ground for a fault which results in the casing becoming live (ie, a preferred path to that path being ‘you’). On appliances without exposed metalwork, an earth wire isn’t necessary as there’s no risk of shock from earth leakage.
ObDisclaimer, I Am Not An Electrician. I accept no responsibility for your death or the accidental loss of your street.Posted 5 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
^ but as you’ll see with that adaptor – the ‘earth’ pin is plastic and is doing nothing other than opening the socket for the other two pins. So there’ll only be a small explosion, most of the street will be unscathed, theres only that woman with the cats and the guy who everyone reckons is an internet stalker within the blast zone so don’t worry.Posted 5 years agojohn_drummerMember
if you buy a new table lamp from B&Q you’ll probably find that only the live & neutral are wired anyway.
from recent experience (been there 4 times since March, going again tomorrow am) Ireland has the same 13A square pin plugs as UK so if it was a 2 pin plug, it was probably a shaver type plug and a shaver adaptor plug would have been fine.
but now you’ve cut it off, you should be able to simply fit a standard UK plug. bRown – Right, bLue – Left*.
*disclaimer for numpties.Posted 5 years ago
This is with the plug viewed from above with the cable going in at the bottom. If you’ve got it rotated so that the cable is not going in at the bottom, rotate it until it is, then the Right/Left rule applies. Not that it really matters for a table lamp, not exactly directional is it?couldashouldawouldaMember
It’s strange you mention it comes from Ireland as we / they use the exact same plugs / volts etc as the UK. Has somebody you know been on holidays recently?
Anyway – to me – if there’s no earth wire in an appliance – it doesn’t need one. So just a normal plug with the two wires is fine.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve just bought a uk sourced retro industrial lampshade ( metal ) which has been rewired with new cable the 3 strand variety.
Replacing the original lamp at the ceiling rose I noticed that it had only got two wires…?
My father who was with me at the time ( yep blaming him ) said just don’t use the 3rd wire… Is this correct?
Light works fine just worried now after Reading above comments ???Posted 5 years ago
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