There are a number of different common socket types including 13A sockets (with 3 holes, for regular UK plugs); USB sockets (for charging electrical devices); TV and satellite sockets and telephone sockets among others. You may have noticed 5 amp sockets, with three small round holes. These don’t fit regular electrical plugs, often come unswitched, and these are also known as lamp sockets and light sockets.

5 amp socket use

5 amp sockets are used on the lighting circuit, meaning they are switched on and off with the light switches in the room, rather than being used like regular plug sockets. They are designed for appliances that take less than a 5 amp current, for example floor lamps, table lamps and fans. These sockets do not work for larger appliances like fridges, washing machines and TVs.

Planning 5 Amp Socket Positions

If you are planning out the positioning of your sockets and switches, consider where appliances like floor and table lamps will need to be placed. 5 amp switches can work well around sofas and tables, as this is where lamps often tend to go. If you have a larger room, with a sofa away from the walls, you could consider using a 5 amp floor socket to avoid having wires spread across the floor.

Our 5 amp sockets come both unswitched and switched, offering extra flexibility. They also come in a variety of beautiful finishes including brushed chrome, polished chrome, brushed brass, antique brass and black nickel as well as white plastic.

5 amp sockets

Much like when choosing other sockets and switches for your home, make sure you choose a robust, durable 5 amp socket with a finish that really blends into the décor style of the room. Not only do these sockets can look subtle and stylish, but need to be positioned well. To find out more about choosing and positioning sockets and switches, read our blog posts: Matching Switch and Socket Finishes to Interior Design Styles; and Switch & Socket Function & Selection – What do I need?

Choose from our selection of 5 amp sockets.

Do 5 amp plugs have a fuse?

5 Amp plugs don’t have fuse cartridges as they should only be fitted to a maximum of a 6 Amp circuit. This will be fused at the distribution board.

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