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Is this legal? (UK electrical appliance question) Answered

Kitewife just bought a Christmas decoration, but when it came out of the bag, the connection was as shown in the image.

The loose wire is already a safety concern, about which I shall be contacting the store, but I also I thought that appliances sold in the UK had to have a plug moulded onto the power lead?

Since the decoration is lit with old-style filament bulbs instead of LEDs, I am wondering if she has been sold something that has been sitting in a warehouse since before the legislation changed?

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DavidRobertson

Best Answer 6 years ago

Plugs don't have to be moulded in the UK, but they almost always are.

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Kitemansteveastrouk

Answer 6 years ago

OK, so the issue is the state if the wiring (that lead was disconnected by the time she got home).

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steveastroukKiteman

Answer 6 years ago

Trading Standards should be told, before someone is hurt.

Steve

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steveastroukKiteman

Answer 6 years ago

Reminds me of the time we bought a meat slicer on Ebay, with the earth wired to the live terminal.

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qwerty987

6 years ago

I don't live in the Uk but it is fairly easy to change the end.bit into one that will work. You might even use one from a broken appliance. One thine that you may want to check os the voltage the bulb takes. If it takes normal wall voltage then you should be fine, if not I would suggest an led light that you would normally screw into the lights.

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Kitemanqwerty987

Answer 6 years ago

I'm perfectly capable of fixing it, but other folk might not be.

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PKM

6 years ago

Some of my worst electrical experiences have been with cheap christmas lights. I was given some USB-powered lights as a present, and found that when I plugged them into my PC it crashed it instantly. Every PC I've tried plugging them into crashed immediately, which I assume must be because there's a dead short across the USB power rails. This seems to be because the lightbulbs have two hair-thin bare wires as contacts, but the circular bases mean it's very easy for one to get rotated and twist a single wire across both terminals.

(I could complain about 19th-century filament bulb technology in christmas lights in the 21st century and all the problems they cause but it's not really worth it)

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Jayefuu

6 years ago

Did TheIdeanator wire that?

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steveastroukJayefuu

Answer 6 years ago

Nah, looks like professional job compared to Ideas.