DIY Forum

 

Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate HandymanUltimate Handyman on Pinterest

 

DIY Forum/Home improvement advice forum

 

 

A-Z CONTENTS | DISCLAIMER | DIY VIDEO | HOME | SAFETY FIRST | FORUM RULES

It is currently Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:41 am
Visit Thermo worx


Time zone: Europe/London




 

 


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: hall lights problem
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:31 pm 
Offline
Newly registered Member

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Posts: 3
Has thanked: 0 times
Been thanked: 0 times
Hi all,
Firstly a little background.
I live in a small bungalow so no upstairs wiring to complicate matters.

I recently fitted a new bathroom fitting which went without any problems apart from having to
climb in the loft (no easy feat when one is way past retirement age)

The wife then decided the hall lights needed changing,so thinking it would be piece of cake down came the old ones,(how wrong can one be)

There are 2 lights 1 at each end of the hall serviced by 2 switches both of which turn both lights on and off.

Stupid me did not take note of the existing connections so i now find myself in a predicament as follows.

One of the lights has 10 wires as follows 2 gey cables each with a red a black and an earth
1 tgrey cable with a brown a blue and earth.
a thinner grey cable with just a single red wire.

The second light fitting has the same apart from no single red.

I think the single red has something to do with either the porch light or a smoke alarm also fitted in the hall but not 100% sure.

I have tried the normal procedure of all earths together, all reds together and 2 of the blacks together (should say 1 black and 1 blue
and the other black which i think is the switch live but this does not work. :dunno:

With a mains tester i think i have identified 1 live red and 1 live black at both light fittings but then again i could be wrong.

I also do not think these lights are on a complete loop because if i separate and make safe every 19 in total all the other lights in the property still work as normal.

As previously stated i am an OAP with limited finances and would prefer to be able to fix this myself. If it needs qualified electrician then so be it.

Any advice on how i should proceed would be greatly welcomed and appreciated


Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on DeliciousShare on Google+
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: hall lights problem
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:04 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:49 pm
Posts: 22423
Location: hants/dorset border
Has thanked: 1338 times
Been thanked: 3403 times
:welcomeuhm:

Lights are generally on a radial circuit. It MAY be that in your case the "Loop" is at one of the switches, Pics of the wiring at the switches may help.

_________________
Verwood Handyman

Verwood Handyman


___________________________________________________________________

If you feel you have benefited from the Free advice given on the Forum, Please consider making a donation to UHM's Nominated charity, read all about it and donate here :

http://www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: hall lights problem
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:31 pm 
Offline
Newly registered Member

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Posts: 3
Has thanked: 0 times
Been thanked: 0 times
Not to clever at posting pictures but switches wired as follows.

Both the same red incoming at th top

black and red at the bottom red on right black on left looking straight at the switches.

Hope this is helpful. Ernie.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: hall lights problem
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:35 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:49 pm
Posts: 22423
Location: hants/dorset border
Has thanked: 1338 times
Been thanked: 3403 times
Not looped at the switch then and not wired "conventionally" I can't help any further, perhaps one of our other members can.

_________________
Verwood Handyman

Verwood Handyman


___________________________________________________________________

If you feel you have benefited from the Free advice given on the Forum, Please consider making a donation to UHM's Nominated charity, read all about it and donate here :

http://www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: hall lights problem
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:40 pm 
Offline
Newly registered Member

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 pm
Posts: 3
Has thanked: 0 times
Been thanked: 0 times
Thanks for trying to help.Ernie


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 


Similar topics
   

Time zone: Europe/London


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Visit Hilti


 

 

 

News News Site map Site map SitemapIndex SitemapIndex RSS Feed RSS Feed Channel list Channel list
ultimatehandyman privacy policy

Contact

 

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group

phpBB SEO