What is double insulated lighting?
A double insulated light usually has two layers of insulating material which covers the live parts of the fitting, like the cables for example. This means that in the event of a fault developing the extra insulation prevents the fitting becoming live and reduces the risk of electric shocks.
What is a double insulated ceiling light?
Double insulated lighting (Class II Lighting) is safe to use where an earth is not present. This is particularly useful when adding lights to an older house which might not have an earth cable where the light is intended to go.
Are double insulated lights safe?
The first thing to realise is that double insulated bathroom lighting is perfectly safe. Every kind of bathroom light is available in a non-earthed variety. Bathroom ceiling lights, wall lights and downlights are all available without the need for an earth connection.
Are Ikea light fittings double insulated?
6 Answers from MyBuilder Electricians It’s likely your light fitting is double insulated. There will be a logo for this if this is the case.
Does a double insulated light need an earth?
Class 2 double insulated lights are designed to operate without the need for an earth wire. They usually have two layers of insulation which cover the live parts, for example the cables inside the fitting.
Can you earth double insulated lights?
Double insulated lights are a specialist form of lighting that do not require an earth connection. This is very useful if your homes electrics are a little older & an earth connection isn’t present.
What does class 2 double insulated mean?
Is a light Pendant Class 2?
2 Answers from MyBuilder Electricians As Deacon Electrical says, don’t use a pendant in the bathroom; you will need a bathroom light fitting that is also class 2 (with the symbol). If the light fitting also says IP44 on it, then it is splash proof and will do fine for most bathrooms.
What does a double insulated light look like?
Double insulated lights are known as Class 11 or Class 2 light fittings and do not require an earth cable. In addition, there is also a logo for double insulated lighting which is a black square within a black square. This should appear on the packaging and instructions provided with the light.
What if there is no earth wire?
If you are using an earthed three core cable with a unit which does not need to be earthed then the earth cable can simply be trimmed back and safely secured using electrical insulation tape.
What happens if you earth a double insulated light?
From the outside a double insulated light looks exactly the same as a normally earthed light. If there was no earth wire present and the same issue occurred then the light would become live and a very dangerous situation would occur that could lead to electrocution and possibly death.
Where can I find Class 2 double insulated spotlights?
Here you will find a vast range of Class 2 Double Insulated Spotlights in many different styles and applications. You will also find numerous light sources including the very latest LED lighting technology.
Do you need an earth connection for double insulated spotlights?
Whether you require spotbars, spotplates or single spots, our double insulated range doesnt require an earth connection. If you have discovered that your existing spotlights dont have an earth connection or you are looking to install new ones but dont have an earth, our class 2 range is a good place to start.
Are there Class 2 double insulated ceiling lights?
In addition to our range of double insulated spotlights, we also have vast and comprehensive ranges of Class 2 Ceiling Lights, Class 2 Wall Lights, Bathroom Lights and Class 2 Outdoor Lights. Here you will find a vast range of Class 2 Double Insulated Spotlights in many different styles and applications.
Can a double insulated light be made from metal?
This is very useful if your homes electrics are a little older & an earth connection isn’t present. Double insulated lighting can be made from metal, is mentioned in the current electrical safety regulations that electricians adhere to, and is available for every room in your home.