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Hi,
First of all forgive my ignorance of all things electrical.
I thought I'd have a go at putting a strip light in my garage and although I think I've wired it correctly, the fuse in the fuse box keeps tripping meaning something must be wrong.

I've made a diagram of how I've wired it and I was wondering if anyone could see any glaring errors.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 5:55 pm 
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Assuming the earth and neutral are NOT in any way connected to the switch, then the problem must be in the light.

Picture of both please.

(Oh, and where is the supply taken from)

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Hi someone-else and thanks for replying.

The two neutrals in the switch itself are just connected together by one of these things (sorry, don't know what they are called)
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Inside the switch there is a little brass screw and clamp that I assumed the earths went to, so I attached the incoming earth feed and the outgoing earth feed to that. Could that be the problem?
Sorry, I don't have pics since I'm no longer at the property at the moment.



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You've wired the switch wrong, neutral doesn't go through it and you're creating a short circuit.

Take the neutral lines out and connect them with a terminal block (the ones in your photo) and do the same with the earth. Switches don't usually have an earth terminal (unless they have a metal face). *

Connect the incoming live to "Com" and the outgoing live to L1. That should work

* However, if you've bought an isolating switch, then it should say "Feed" and "Load" next to the terminals, for live and neutral and there will be an earth. If that's the case, the the incoming live goes to "feed L" and the incoming neutral to "Feed N". The the outgoing connections go to the load side.

If you can photo the back of the switch it will help a lot.


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It's still not the correct way to wire the light & switch and I'd recommend you get an electrician in to sort it for you properly.



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Stooby2 wrote:
You've wired the switch wrong, neutral doesn't go through it and you're creating a short circuit.


What you say is true, however i asked about that and the reply is

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The two neutrals in the switch itself are just connected together by one of these things


If that's choc bloc then yes it is correct.

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ives31, need more pictures.

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"It's still not the correct way to wire the light & switch and I'd recommend you get an electrician in to sort it for you properly."

It's OK provided the OP takes into account the caveats and comments from other members above*. This way of wiring a light, although less common than the "usual" three plate system, is quite acceptable but is quite often used for lofts,garages and sheds etc. I think the method is called "loop in switch".

*ie. The neutral in is connected to the neutral out ONLY and not to anything else. Ditto earth.

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ives31 wrote:
Hi,
First of all forgive my ignorance of all things electrical.
I thought I'd have a go at putting a strip light in my garage and although I think I've wired it correctly, the fuse in the fuse box keeps tripping meaning something must be wrong.



You fitted three lights in your garage back in 2015. Have you moved house?


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OnlyMe wrote:
ives31 wrote:
Hi,
First of all forgive my ignorance of all things electrical.
I thought I'd have a go at putting a strip light in my garage and although I think I've wired it correctly, the fuse in the fuse box keeps tripping meaning something must be wrong.



You fitted three lights in your garage back in 2015. Have you moved house?


No I didn't manage to do that job. It's been on the backburner for a while. I tried recently and couldn't get it to work so I thought I'd ask again.



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Still need pictures.

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Pics as asked. switch wiring, wiring at light and where it's fed from.

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No I didn't manage to do that job. It's been on the backburner for a while. I tried recently and couldn't get it to work so I thought I'd ask again.


Get. An. Electrician. In.

You clearly don't know how to do the job. Get an electrician in to do one set of the lights, ask him to show you what he's doing as he does it. Then you'll know how to do the others properly.



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I've already done it myself. Didn't need an electrician.


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