1. when installing a ceiling fan is it a requirement to fuse down the feed of the lighting circuit if not is double pole isolation required?
2. when installing extractor fans ( the type that run on after the light has been switched off) in toilets/bathrooms, is it a requirement to isolate all three live conductors L , switch L AND NEUTRAL . and does this also need to be fused down from the lighting circuit?
ps i do have a copy of BS 7671 and on site guide, but sometimes find it so hard to come to any kind of conclusion as to what are the correct requirements .
[This message has been edited by james S (edited 06-02-2003).]
Hi James, 1) I can see no requirement to install any further fuses if your protection is a 5A fuse or 6A mcb. These OCPD's should provide adequate short circuit protection for the fan & wiring. In other countries these fans are installed on 10/16A circuits without further fusing down. I am not certain about DP switching being a requirement if you do not have a timer circuit.
2) Extract fans with run-on timer are required to have 3 pole fan isolation switches installed for maintenance purposes. As regards fusing down, if 5/6A mcb, I would not say so.
One practical advantage of a 3-pole isolator is where the system uses TT earthing. Opening the permanent-live and switched-live feeds makes it safe to work on the fan, but if during maintenance you accidentally short neutral to earth you can still trip out the main RCD.
As for the fusing, I find it somewhat amusing that the instructions for many devices here make a big point about how a "3-amp fuse MUST be fitted" or whatever, yet the exact same device is considered perfectly acceptable on the Continent wired on a 16A circuit with no such warnings.
I agree i don't think there is any problem with the fusing arrangement off a lighting circuit, i think the manufactures are just trying to cover themselves.thinking about it the only way to fuse the timer type fan, is to install two fuse spares which is a pain in th arse and will look stupid!