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  1. J

    Can we use 30w bulbs in a 25w light.

    This may be a stupid question. We bought a living room light in b&q and it was maximum 25w, they didnt sell 25w g9 halogen bulbs so and we already have some 30w bulbs at home. Can we use this or is it a high risk?
  2. T

    Light Switch Wiring

    Hi, I’m trying to replace a broken light switch in the downstairs toilet. There is only one switch that controls the light and also the fan. Here is a photo of the current switch and how it’s wired: (Electricity is turned off) I purchased a 10 Amp Single 1 way Switch to replace it and noticed...
  3. C

    UK Light switch or pull cord in WC

    Hi all I have built a WC with a basin for hand washing. There is no shower or bath in there, just a toilet and basin. I don’t want to install the light switch outside the WC and don’t want a pull cord inside. I would like to install a wall switch on the inside, which would be located to the...
  4. B

    Light Circuit incorporating WiFi switch and mechanical switch

    I'm a DIYer with some electrical knowledge. My questions relate to the attached diagram. Firstly, is the principle sound? Secondly, does the neutral at the feed end of the WiFi switch need to be connected to anything and, if so, where?
  5. M

    Pir entrance light flashing

    Hi. My PIR entrance light flashes on and off about 4 times before turning off at the end of its time cycle. Any ideas what might be the cause/ remedy for this? It’s been installed for a couple of years and has only started doing this a few months ago. It’s bloody annoying now.
  6. L

    Powering a new light from a 2 way switch

    Hi, currently we have 2 uplights on the front of our property and we are looking to add a 3rd onto a new porch that has been built. The current lighting has a 2 way switch so the lights can be switched on and off from the garage or by the front door. Looking at my poor attempt of a diagram...
  7. buzzlightyear

    stick another light on

    today I dont mind sticking up 3 wall lights but when a plaster has plastered round 2 of them not take them off the wall ,one one was not even straight ,so before I had but the lights up I needed patch up .what a day ,I will back tomorrow to finish off when dry .
  8. K

    Is it possible for a light to be wired wrong and still work?

    At my father in laws house, for the last 5 years two of the bedrooms lights haven’t worked. The bedrooms that the lights don’t work all seem to wired correctly. apart the landing, which does work. But appears to be wired incorrectly? rather than having a live in, 3 red loops, and black line...
  9. S

    Wiring question re new outside light

    Hi I'm replacing a PIR outside light with a new Dusk till Dawn light but have wiring questions. The new light has 2 connections, i.e. blue(neutral) and brown(live) but no earth. As can be seen in my image, for the existing light, there are 3 wires so I think the wires go: 1) black(old) goes to...
  10. Doomed

    Bathroom light switch

    So we are refitting the bathroom and the wife does not want a pull cord anymore. The only contact IP rated switches I can find are low voltage or battery wireless ones that are suitable for a bathroom both of which may be fine for the moment, but I just dont fancy the long term possible faults...
  11. T

    3way light switch, 1 light works 2 don’t help

    Have a 3 way light switch (three separate lights) one light works (middle switch) 2 don’t. Think that the 2 that don’t work shorted out when a multi socket plug was inserted in adjacent room. That plug still works. Anyone got any ideas?
  12. J

    Swapping double two way light switch for two way double dimmer

    Hi I am replacing a two way two gang switch for the same but a dimmer. I got interrupted mid way through and now can’t remember which wire is which and where it goes! Rookie mistake I know. Can you please help?
  13. B

    Correct switches for 2 way pendant + bedside lamp circuits?

    Hi. First post here. Background I have a relative who is an electrician and is about to re-wire our home as a favour. I said that I will order and pay for all of the parts - so that they are here in on-site when he arrives to begin work. I have already ordered a Hager consumer unit; the 10...
  14. A

    I have bought led truck rear lights, the brake/parking light have 4 wires blue,green, black and red

    The led parking/brake light have 4 wires, black for earth, red for parking, blue for brake and green for flash light. The two lights brake and flash wont work if red wire not connected, so you must switch on park light to get brake light or flash light. What would be the solution to make brake...
  15. B

    Old wiring in light switch

    Hi there, i am trying to fit a new 10a 2 gang 2 way light switch. I have removed the old switch to reveal this... the new switch doesn’t have the same number as holes as the old one so I don’t know which wire goes where. Please can someone help. The new switch looks like this... Thank you for...
  16. L

    Outside light wiring

    Hi, excuse the ignorance here but I am currently replacing an existing switch with a 2 gang to wire up a new outside light. The current switch has a live, neutral and earth feed as does the new outside light. How/can I wire this correctly? I presume I should bridge between the COM port but how...
  17. L

    Help needed for new 2 gang dimmer light switch

    hi all, I've tried googling this but cant seem to find all the info I need. Im trying to replace an existing 2 gang dimmer switch with a new one I bought. The room has 2 wall lights (operated by one switch) and a ceiling light operated by the other (which does not work). I've installed a...
  18. R

    Replacing Light Switches/Socket

    Hi Newbie here looking for expert advice as wanting to replace all white light switches/sockets in our flat with brushed silver All stud walls so assume 35mm dry lined back box but for double gang socket can I fit 25mm as most state 25mm looking at getting a couple with USB sockets. Are these...
  19. B

    Putting a Light Switch into a Junction Box

    So, I'm trying to replace a mess of a junction box and add my new outside light to it, using a 4 way junction box. It originally had two flourescent strips lights, a Light Switch and the outdoor light on it. I can add all the lights to it and they work fine, but when I then add the light switch...
  20. D

    Loop at switch landing light

    Hi, had rewire, but didn't spec landing light that could be switched off from downstairs etc doh. Sparky said it's an easy thing to do, but will need to use wago boxes as he said no way to get all cables in back box even though they are deep ones. Mrs wants double gang, ie can switch both lights...
  21. K

    Smart Light Switch Wiring

    Hi, I've bought a smart light switch to replace a GET dimmer switch and I'm having some issues. My spark wired in the original dimmer and I have a live, switched live and earth cable to the socket, which is wired to a live and 'switched' terminal. The new smart switch has a standard layout of...
  22. H

    Bathroom light voltage dropped in voltage?

    I thought my light died in the groundfloor bathroom. New bulb didn't work so thought the fitting was dead. I decided to take the opportunity to replace with an LED light but that won't work. I had a pull switch, 240v bc light fitting and extractor fan. The voltage across the switch live and...
  23. J

    Light fitting.

    Hey guys. I've fitted 3 LED chandeliers with no issues. Doing the 4th and having a big issue. Everytime I switch it off, the breaker trips. This one has 2 mains connections coming into the light as opposed to just one with the others. Any ideas?
  24. X

    Does anyone know where i could get a led strip light set up that is powered by a force sensitive resistor/weight sensor?

    Ultimately for my project im making a lamp which will be powered by the weight of an object. So i want to power the whole led strip lighting solely through placing an object on the weight sensor pad. If anyone knows where i could buy a setup like this or how i could go about making it myself...
  25. M

    Help ! New light fitting wont switch off !

    Hi just fitted a 2nd hand light fitting to an older light I removed , now the wires a from the ceiling are 3 red 1 black and earth wire . I connected the 3 red wires together to one wire of the light fitting and the black one to the other and the earths together, now unfortunately the wires on...
  26. J

    UK Can someone help me wire a new light fitting into an old house with old wiring systems.

    I’m a junior electrician, fresh out of college. I did some minor electrical work for a friend buI tried to put up a new chandelier I came across: Two Line wires (RED), going into one connector block Two Neutrals (BLACK), separated into different connector blocks - Two CPC wires, going into...
  27. A

    Changing light, too many wires!

    Hello, We just changed the lighting of our kitchen. It was a ceiling light with two rows of spotlight. The new lighting only has one row. When we removed the old one it looked like there was too many wires - two big cables with 3-4 wires each. There’s 2x red (L), 1x blue, 1x black, 1x yellow...
  28. J

    Dodgy light switch

    Hi hoping for a little bit of advice. My light switch in the kitchen is playing up. When switched off the lights keep flicking and in the switch I can sometimes see a little light. Do you think moisture has got into the switch?
  29. S

    Replacing 2 gang light switch - has 1 Intermediate module

    Hello - thanks for opening my post :-) I'm asking for help with finding what and where to buy a replacement light switch / or just the module This light switch controls 2 hallway lights downstairs and 1 light on the upstairs landing. The problem currently is that the 2 light downstairs are not...
  30. R

    Change standard batten light to 3no LED spots

    Morning, First post... apologies...! Currently got 2no LED batten-style lights in my garage, all wired in by a sparky about 6 months ago. 1 serves the front of the garage, the other the rear (and the garage is divided by a partial stud wall). The rear half ceiling insulated and boarded over...
  31. W

    Wiring newer Lutron style 3-way light switch

    Hi guys I'd like to switch out the old rocker light switches with Lutron style. The 3-way ones have terminals X, Y, Z in the picture all on one side. The Newer style has two on the right, one on the left, A, B, C (ignoring the earth). Could any kind person please tell me the map from X, Y, Z...
  32. D

    Recently changed a light switch which controlled 2 lights. Now only 1 light works. Pictures included

    There are 2 sets of lights surrounding my house outside. One set is a single light next to the door, a standard outdoor lamp. The second is a series of spot lights under the roof to the house. There was previously a single light switch in the living room which controlled both sets of lights...
  33. P

    LED light, switching /earth issue

    Hi, I have an LED landing light, which has 9 G9 LED bulbs. The unit has two switches, one upstairs and one downstairs. Ive found that when the upstairs switch is in the closed circuit position, but the light is off due to the downstairs switch being in the open position, there is still a very...
  34. E

    Is it okay to have a light switch and SEPARATE dimmer on single lighting cct?

    Is this a common requirement for a dimmable light switch?... I know there's push on/off dimmer switches, but it seems inevitable to me that the dimmer setting changes a little (i.e. the knob rotates a bit) whenever it's switched on/off. I want the lighting level to be controllable (i.e...
  35. P

    Another Christmas light query

    I have a not so old filament set of lights and as much as it would be easier to bin them and buy some LED they have sentimental value and I'm not sure binning them is terribly "green". The lights state rated at 24V and 18W. I'm not sure if I have the correct power supply but it states 24V 5VA...
  36. S

    Changing light fixture

    Hi, I have changed our light fixture that used 3x 7w e14 bulbs to 30w led panel, but the light does not work. The wiring is correct and both lights are rated 230v 50hz. Do I need LED driver or is there possibly some other problem? Thank you in advance.
  37. D

    Light switch popped and stopped working ( DIY )

    Hi, I replaced my old light switch to the smart light switch today. After the job is done it worked perfectly until the new light switch sparked when one of the cable tightening screws touched the metal housing and circuit breaker tripped. I lifted up the circuit breaker, all lights come back...
  38. C

    2 way light help

    Hi all new to the forum, just after a bit of advice. I'm a qualified, registered kitchen fitter so don't really work on lighting circuits, however after doing my usual switch change to chrome sockets at the end of the job, customer has pointed out something strange which i cant get my head...
  39. D

    update my light switch to a Smart Switch

    Hi everyone, Basically, I am planning to replace the light switches in my new build house with smart switches and as the switch has WiFi built-in it needs constant power to work so will require a neutral wire I've pulled the back of the existing lightswitch and have a "Common" and "L1" 2 x...
  40. Spike1947

    Light circuit from 16A Radial

    Hi Scenerio : a JB that feeds a couple of lights ! , (nothing else) in a small Barn Building ( storage use only ) , it is fed via a SWA 2.5mm2 from a 63A RCCB , CU via a 16A mcb ( feeding 2 double sockets ) in the main storage barn shed , there is no isolator in the small barn , I am wanting...
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