[sdiy] A transformer question.

Tom Bugs admin at bugbrand.co.uk
Tue Nov 4 14:36:13 CET 2008


Thanks guys,
I did notice that while researching.

Ahhh - standards, aye?!

(shouldn't affect me, but good to know)

Cheers,
Tom

Tom Wiltshire wrote:
>
> On 4 Nov 2008, at 12:00, Jason Tribbeck wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>>> UK mains voltage got standardised to the rest of Europe in the '90s,
>>> I think. It used to be 240V, but is now 230V.
>>
>> According to my EMC book, it was 3rd January 2003 :)
>
> Thanks Jason. I've just read a few minutes ago that the change was 
> mainly on paper, since the electricity board didn't particularly want 
> to go around the country taking a few turns off every transformer up 
> every electricity pylon. Instead, they changed the spec, but left the 
> equipment, so if you test the UK mains with a voltmeter, you're likely 
> to still get close to 240V.
> I don't know whether new equipment is designed to produce 230 or 240V 
> though.
>
> Consequently, you're still looking at 240V in the UK for most purposes.
>
> T.
>
>
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