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EU plug, UK socket

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Thorn, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    That reads like 'Peter Simple' in the Daily Telegraph c 1986, getting a bit worked-up at the very idea of a single European lightbulb.

    heaven forfend!

    (PS Harry & Janet Nodule found several new sources of traffic jams to call home in the intervening decades ...)
    TheDecameron likes this.
  2. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

  3. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    On this subject, what the bloody hell has happened to lightbulb standards in the last few years? You used to buy bayonet fittings in various power outputs, job done. You now have MR 11, 16, Christ knows what else, pushins, stepped pins that push and twist, screw fittings in 2 or more sizes, it goes on for bloody ever! I have boxloads of the things and I need 20 minutes with a notepad and a caliper to work out what fitting I need next.
    suzywong, narabdela, Snufkin and 2 others like this.
  4. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    In Italy there are (at least) two different sizes. Larger pins and spacing for higher current devices, smaller for lesser current. Reminiscent of the old 5/15 amp round pin UK plugs and sockets.
  5. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    That safety regulation has already been bonfired post-Brexit.

    Like all the others will be if they get in the way of Conservatives making money.

    narabdela likes this.
  6. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I regularly buy from Germany. They always send me a UK IEC mains cable, which is nice.

    I have a surplus of EU IEC cables.

  7. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I did open this thread thinking it was a metaphorical statement about the UK's relationship with the EU.

    It's actually a good one as I think we're about to get shafted.

  8. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    And don't forget the dinky little 3 amp round pin plug.

    I think that when the UK came up with our current three pin plug/socket system we really were still world class.
  9. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    I usually poke a screwdriver in the earth hole to open the holes and plug in as normal.
    Nero and TheDecameron like this.
  10. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    2A I think it was/is, BS 546. We had to use them in our student HoR so we couldn't use irons - as if ;)
    Snufkin likes this.
  11. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    You can guarantee that had they tried to standardise plugs, it would have been the festival of “why oh why” in The Sun and “first they came for our bananas, now they’re takin our plugs” or “German plot to flood Britain with electrical appliances that actually work”.
    suzywong likes this.
  12. bor

    bor queue jumper

    Strip the wires back, three wooden Swan matches (used if you were safety conscious), jam them straight into the wall socket. Problem solved.
    TheDecameron likes this.
  13. monkfish

    monkfish pfm Member

    Only one match required, use it to move the earth pin downwards and the live and neutral will open up as well allowing the wires to be inserted, removing the match causes the pins to grip the bare wires for safety.
  14. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    Yet all the fittings for all the lamps listed above are still lethal to young fingers when switched on without a bulb in. I can’t quite believe this in 2020.
  15. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    In most cheap sockets that's very true, but not in a decent MK socket - all pins have to be inserted. Here's some quality geekery...

    cutting42 likes this.
  16. RJohan

    RJohan pfm Member

    It seems you Brit's miss out on the possibility to turn the plug 180 degrees to check out which way makes your HiFi sound the best. Or?
    tuga and deanf like this.
  17. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Not entirely true, modern switched bayonet lampholders are arranged so that you can`t move the crossbar to the on position unless a bulb is already fitted.

    In any case once we have a trade deal with trump all our bulbs will be (Edison) screwed.
  18. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    The approved method is to offer the bare ends to the shuttered socket and then force them home with a plug. It`s important to use an old style BS 1363 plug, with a BS 1363A type you run the risk of the pin sleeve insulators blocking the connection.
    MikeMA likes this.
  19. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    If it conks out after 31 December I suspect you may be stuffed.
  20. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    You need to push harder! That's what I do in our hovel Greece.

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