We've recently bought a house in Bulgaria needing renovating, can we rewire the house with UK sockets or even as spurs off the ring main as we intend on taking all our possessions with us, and furthermore feel that this may be a selling point in the future . Thanks Iain

  • Don't see why not from the point-of-view of physics - but are you asking from a legislative perspective? – stefandz May 18 '16 at 9:59
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    Ask your local electrician about what the code requires, likely the answer is no. Also to whom should installing an inherently insecure ring mains or virtually unusable sockets be a selling point? – PlasmaHH May 18 '16 at 10:00
  • whatplug.info/from/uk/to/bulgaria – JIm Dearden May 18 '16 at 10:07
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    When your fridge will die, will you plan to go to UK to bring back a new one with the UK plug to fit your house ? – dim May 18 '16 at 10:10
  • Thanks Stefandz, I think my enquiry was more based on whether it would be acceptable and safe, not having too deep an understanding of electrics, I understand about the difference between radials and ring circuits, and how lights are wired , cookers and showers/boilers needing different gauge cables and mcbs etc, I was intending to chase out where necessary and lay cables for the electrician to connect to sockets and the consumer unit, to reduce labour costs, I gather that the UK sockets are among the safest type to use of the dozen or so that are used worldwide. Thanks – Iain Harrison May 18 '16 at 10:13

There's no reason why not so long as you install everything to the local regulations and ensure proper fusing, etc. Ring Mains are a uniquely British circuit so you'd be looking at radial circuits so you would need to check the fusing (circuit breakers) are an appropriate rating for your sockets. Also bear in mind that if you have no local sockets, buying a new appliance with a Bulgarian plug on it is going to be frustrating.

You can fit whatever sockets you like to an installation so long as you do so safely in accordance with the local electrical regulations. That doesn't mean you can just replace all the sockets without checking how they are connected and protected. If you're not competent to follow the appropriate regulations, hire an electrician to do it.

Done properly with decent quality sockets (e.g. MK) this is going to be a lot safer than using those shonky travel adaptors etc.

  • Thank you Ian, so what about the possibility oh having a radial with double EU sockets and a radial with double UK sockets in the same room, with one situated above the other – Iain Harrison May 18 '16 at 10:18
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    So far as I can see on principle it should be fine to simply parallel UK BS1363 sockets with the Bulgarian Schuko sockets since the circuits should be 16A radials, which is also the standard radial fusing in the UK. The UK sockets will in fact be a bit safer than the Shukos since they are inherently polarised and the plugs are fused down to 13A max. I am a (former) electrician so am qualified to talk about this stuff btw. However, I have no experience with Bulgarian regulations. You'd need to see if there is anything else in their regs to conform to. Which I presume are written in Bulgarian. – Ian Bland May 18 '16 at 10:26
  • Thank you Ian, the thought of UK sockets came to me recently, further research showed them to be safer and better for a number of reasons, thank you very much for your help. – Iain Harrison May 18 '16 at 10:31
  • Last question Ian, is it 4mm cable if I'm planning socket radials ? :) or at least for today :) – Iain Harrison May 18 '16 at 10:33
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    Many thanks again Ian, I have understood all that you have said, I'll plan and measure everything when I ask the electrician, and will let him advise me what cables and sockets I need to get, I don't mind the extra work load nor having to get an additional consumer unit, but i also understand how their regs may be different to ours, and that this grand scheme might not be acceptable there. Again I thank you for replying and helping me toward the two houses we recently bought in BG. Iain – Iain Harrison May 18 '16 at 10:55

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