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I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights:

5A BS546 socket

As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will fit onto a normal BS1363 box (right...?). So I assume I would have to install two or three of these boxes next to one another.

What is the best way of routing the wiring from one to the next? Will surface mounting be easier than burying them? They won't be easily visible and the wall is plaster on brick.

  • I do not know your code, here in the U.S. we would install a surface mount with a small piece of conduit or a hub between the boxes mounting them on the surface and run conduit to the ceiling to take back to the panel and to the fixtures. – Ed Beal Jan 15 '16 at 22:30
  • Yeah, I've basically done that in Canada, but here I've never even seen two 1-gang boxes next to one another, and the boxes themselves don't have knock-out panels that suggest it's okay. – Dan Jan 16 '16 at 0:39
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Yes those sockets fit on normal single gang backboxes.

The easiest solution is probably to just fit surface mount plastic boxes and then run normal twin and earth cable (any size from 1mm2 to 2.5mm2 will be fine) between them. No need for conduit. Surface mounting is easier both because you don't have to make a hole in the wall and because surface boxes are the full size of the faceplate so you can just butt them up (flush boxes are smaller than the faceplate so if you want the faceplates to sit next to each other you have to space the boxes just right).

Normal surface mount boxes have knockouts at the back of the sidewall (intended for use with cables that are directly clipped to the surface of the wall). Be careful when knocking them out, it's easy to break the boxes.

You can get backboxes designed to take two single gang accessories on one box. I've also seen boxes for one single and one double but i've never seen one for three singles.

Another option is "Euro modules". While I have never seen a double or triple 5A socket as a single unit you can get 5A sockets in Euro module form and install them in a Euro module faceplate. This would allow you to put three 5A bs546 sockets on one plate, but you will likely have to order the parts from specialist suppliers. 5A BS546 Euro modules and 3 gang (6 module) Euro faceplates are both fairly unusual items.

Unlike Americans we don't normally clamp cables where they enter and leave back boxes. We also don't have prescriptive rules for box-fill. We do however sleeve our earth conductors which Americans don't.

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