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  1. oldkettle

    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Congratulations, looks great and feels so solid.
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    Let there be (more) light...

    It was a simple arithmetic for me : 20W usually gives about 1500 lumens, whereas anything smaller is a half or even a quarter of that. Makes a massive difference.
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    Let there be (more) light...

    I bought this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00LGWQB6I to replace ours. 20W E27 LEDs work really well. If you find something similar, but with bulbs pointing up, rather than down, it will likely be good enough.
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    PIR security light wiring

    @dpmiller Something like this https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-led-pir-floodlight-black-10w-daylight ?
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    PIR security light wiring

    https://cpc.farnell.com/lloytron/l8516dp/floodlight-100w-led-with-pir/dp/SR10387?MER=sy-me-pd-mi-alte This one claims to be wired properly - "Pre-wired with 1m of H05RN-F, 3x1mm² flex cable" I wonder... Not cheap, though. ebay is cheaper indeed https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Floodlight-10-20-30-50-100W-PIR-Sensor-Motion-Security-Flood-Light-Warm-Cool/183514014398 - the cable is 3-core Plus something like this https://cpc.farnell.com/wiska/10060523/combi-junc-box-76x76x51-ip66-grey/dp/PL13425?st=wiska ? or even that one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-Pin-Waterproof-IP68-Junction-Box-Connector-Electric-Cable-Inline-Wire-Plug/183506111110 ?
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    PIR security light wiring

    Thank you. Missing earth connection is a problem, can't be resolved without opening the unit. 😞 Will have a further look on ebay. We have a large drive and due to external steps there are 3+m between the parked car and the front door, so the smaller lights unfortunately won't be enough. On the other hand, we don't have many visitors so the lights shouldn't be coming on too often.
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    PIR security light wiring

    Well, I haven't found a specific model to buy yet as somehow those that are more powerful don't have PIR :-) But something like https://www.amazon.co.uk/WIDEN-ELECTRIC-Floodlight-Lighting-Waterproof/dp/B01JLJT8OY - looks similar. Do you think it's worth going into trouble with opening the unit (I appreciate the offer of help!)? Wiska boxes are less than £5, I already have a cable from the inside to the existing unit, if this is safe I'd just connect this cable and the unit's maybe?
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    PIR security light wiring

    Thank you, Jeremy I did consider doing it. Some reviewers mentioned manufacturers prohibit opening the units. I don't care about warranty, as long as this does't leave me exposed in case of fire / insurance claim.
  9. Our halogen PIR light stopped working some time after I replaced the broken 500W bulb, so I want to install a new LED unit instead. It seems most have a very short cable, 1m at most, which means it won't be long enough to get inside the house. I read that a junction box is the solution - is that correct? Any specific model? I will also be grateful for any recommendations of the lights themselves - looking for something quite powerful, close to 10K lumen. TA.
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    Does EWI need to be notified to building control? I suspect it does and having a BC approval or whatever certificate they issue would certainly help with any future buyer inquiries. About 10 years ago we were trying to buy a house that was extended nearly 10 years earlier. Planning was in place but it turned out BC completion certificate and any intermediate check information was not. The sellers tried really hard to get one but their BC eventually told them that there was not much they could do as everything was covered and unavailable for inspection. Two banks have refused to issue a mortgage and we had to walk away. Of course EWI is not an extension.
  11. Unfortunately the level of discussion went completely off the rails in the US. If you are not with us you are an enemy and anything goes when fighting an enemy.
  12. While I do agree it is highly unlikely the prices will fall substantially, there is a significant potential difference with the aftermath of the financial crisis. 10 years ago the interest rate was cut which saved a lot of money to mortgaged home owners. If the interest rate rises back to 5% (again I doubt it will but nonetheless), it can suppress the prices somewhat.
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    Footings for second storey on a bungalow

    I dug the hole to expose the foundation then called the local building control officer. He was very nice, arranged a site meeting and confirmed he had no issues with our plans.
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    Planning permission refused - options

    Got a quote from a planning consultant. £3K, comparable to what we paid to the architect for the whole long process. It looks like we will have to do it ourselves. They mentioned that even when an appeal is rejected the specific reason for the rejection is stated, rather than "mass or bulk" mumbo jumbo, making it potentially easier to address in a new application.
  15. I was sure the name came up in one of the discussions here regarding software but annoyingly a quick search brought nothing. May be it was on ebuild.