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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:23 pm 
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Hi,
I have an odd problem - hoping someone might be able to help. Just moved into an old house (circa 1700) which was extended in the 80s. The lights in the two original bedrooms dont work. The switch plate on one room was damaged and when I took it off there were lose wires - simple enough so far. But the wiring is odd. I have 3 red, one yellow and one blue. I checked the other room and its just one red, one blue, one yellow - standard. Any ideas what the other reds are for? An which should go to which!

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Red blue and yellow are most definitely not standard for UK wiring...

We may still be able to help though if you can provide more info.

Pic of the wiring at the switch that has single Red blue and yellow, showing the cable/s as well as the coloured cores.

second pic of the ceiling rose/light fitting that this switch controls, showing the cores and cables again.

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It's older type 3 core and earth.
Was used for some 2 way switch wiring.
Which wire is which though is anyone's guess.
You'll need to trace it.


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As has been said RYB IS a standard for UK wiring.........for 2 way switching. (You switch the light on in one place and switch it off at another and vice versa)

The problem if you will is there is no such regulation that says "Thou shalt wire it this way" its up to who ever wired the colours they chose to do what.

All we can really do is guess, unless you have a multi-meter (if not why not?) Pictures would also help, but as clear as possible.

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Dave54 wrote:
You'll need to trace it.


Hopefully to the pull switch above the bed :wink:


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Thanks for the replies everyone - will take a piccy of the lighting rose tomorrow and update. It should only be a one way switch but it does look like two way wiring - very odd!


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