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Can someone help me i've bought a sunbed and the guy says it needs to be wired directly to a 13amp socket he said its 13amp single phase. I tried wiring direct to a socket and it j

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    Sunbed wiring up help

    Can someone help me i've bought a sunbed and the guy says it needs to be wired directly to a 13amp socket he said its 13amp single phase. I tried wiring direct to a socket and it just trips out straight away, the sunbed is an ex salon bed with36 x 160w tubes and has a token meter which says inside 230v 1kva whatever that means. Anyone help me on the correct wiring up for this bed? cheers



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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    What rating is the MCB its going through in your fusebox ?

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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    well i dont know much about electrical stuff but i tried wiring it to a 16a mcb annd then 32a ring but after approx 1minute on the 16a it tripped out and on the ring circuit it tripped out immediately,does this help?

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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    Quote Originally Posted by sniper214 View Post
    well i dont know much about electrical stuff but i tried wiring it to a 16a mcb annd then 32a ring but after approx 1minute on the 16a it tripped out and on the ring circuit it tripped out immediately,does this help?
    I am no expert pal but a 32a should be plenty, all I can suggest until someone else corrects me is that you need one with a higher 'tripping current'.

    When you swich on the sunbed it is this instant hit that blows the trip, not the constant current that powers the device.

    If it is a type B 32a then I would try a type C 32a

    Like I say, hang on until I am corrected but I think thats your problem pal.


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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    the ring circuit is 32amp which blows straight away i dont suppose it need a blue commando fitting or needs connecting to a 3 phase circuit? just a thought cheers

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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    i just had a quick look round it looking like you are going to have to put a new supply in same as you would for a shower or cooker as this thing is pulling far to much power to be using the ring main

    from what i have find you need 50amp Single Phase Supply

    as i have said this is just what i read on the internet as i do not know a lot about sunbeds
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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    has it got any info on it about what sort of power it using ? ie amp , volts,etc

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    Wink Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    Hi M8,

    At least 6mm but i'd use 10mm T&E,cable direct to the board on a 40amp breaker on its own....

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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    Quote Originally Posted by phawk754 View Post
    i just had a quick look round it looking like you are going to have to put a new supply in same as you would for a shower or cooker as this thing is pulling far to much power to be using the ring main

    from what i have find you need 50amp Single Phase Supply

    as i have said this is just what i read on the internet as i do not know a lot about sunbeds
    I thought household electricity was single phase ?

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    Re: Sunbed wiring up help

    thanks for your input guys the only thing on power i can find is in the token box which says 230v 1kva



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