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  1. S

    LED bulbs on even when switched off at wall

    Hi all, I recently bought and moved into a house and set about changing all the halogen bulbs with 4W non-dimmable LED bulbs. Upon doing so I discovered that when I switch the bathroom lights off at the wall, instead of going off they just become about half as bright as they are with the wall...
  2. R

    5amp Lighting circuit with no power

    I have a 5amp lighting circuit throughout my flat which should power a total of four 3-round pin outlets. The 5amp circuit also powers two smoke alarms (backed up by battery). It is my guess that the circuit also powers the lights under the cupboards in my kitchen. MCB switch is on. Cycling the...
  3. The apprentice


    Hi there i went to a job guys kitchen light was not working no voltage at switch what so ever the circuit breaker was on the unprotected side of the distribution board i accidentally touched the com wire to the earth and a big spark happened and tripped the breaker never had that before in my...
  4. N

    How to change normal circuit for lighting to a light sensitive circuit?

    I have garden lights and lights on my fence that I would like to arrange for them to switch on automatically when the sun sets for security purposes. I currently have switches for all the lights on the fence and the garden lights are huge LED appliances that are also hooked up and switched on by...
  5. Midwest

    Colour change Festoon Lighting

    Trying to source some Led RGBW Festoon Lighting like this RGBW Colour Change Harness, which is out of stock at the moment. Its for a temporary marque. Been googling today, but can't seem to find anything other than led strip, or expensive stuff for Blackpool Illuminations. Anybody come across...
  6. marconi

    what discharge lighting factor to use for hf flurry luminaires?

    I have been helping out a fellow with his lockdown assignments. One of the questions was about design. There were 60 or so high frequency electronic flurry luminaires each being 58W. The question was to work out the design current. In the feedback on his first attempt his tutor said he had...
  7. S

    Bathroom Zoning 18th - Lighting.

    Hi all! Hope everyone is safe and well. I have a query and I believe I already know the answer but would like some input. So, I have a bathroom with a mirror. The client would like a vanity light. However, the centre of the light is exactly 600mm from the edge of zone 1. My issue is that the...
  8. L

    Replacing ceiling rose with new lighting

    Bought a new light fitting from amazon to replace an old hanging single bulb from a ceiling rose, but I cant get my head around how to wire it for the switch. Looking at the old fitting it appears to be the last in the chain so there's no loop out, but the new fitting just has a simple...
  9. K

    No earth in lighting

    Hi All, This is my first post and sorry if I am breaking any rules. My wife books an electrician to come in on Wednesday who was recommended to us, it was only to add some sockets in the living room, remove an old socket that was reminiscent of an EU plug (2 prongs) and move some light...
  10. R

    Fence Lighting

    I am having my fence updated using the horizontal slats and would like to install some up/down lights. I am happy with the switching etc im using wireless Quinetic ones. I was just wondering what is the best way to wire these, do i have to trench SWA along the fence line, up to a JB/Conduit...
  11. L

    Emergency Lighting With Normal Lights

    Hi there, I was wondering if someone could help me out with this. How would you go about operating normal lights with a maintained fitting ? eg, one maintained bulkhead and 4 Downlight's. A key switch with a separate 1 gang light switch next to it. The light switch to operate the bulkhead and...
  12. W

    Lighting circuit advice

    Hi. A customer would like an outdoor light fitted with no cables showing (usual thing!) Close to the location of the light is an extractor fan in the kitchen dinner. At first I thought great! I can come off the supply side of the isolator, boarded walls, fish some cables in job done. But...
  13. D

    Normal for a house alarm to be on upstairs lighting circuit?

    For a few weeks I've had my upstairs lighting circuit on and off at the board, not noticed anything. Last week my decorator buried some of the cables coming out of the alarm box (just above my fuse box/consumer unit). When I now switch on the upstairs lighting circuit, there's a red light on my...
  14. J

    Garden lighting with reliable PIR's

    We have a garden footpath 16m from front door to garden gate with a shed near the gate. I am looking for the following set-up: a) an independent PIR sensor x2, one at each end of the circuit b) these to operate 3-4 LED spikes or low level spots between the two c) plus a floodlight to light the...
  15. GS tech elec Ltd

    Other Fancy getting into smart systems?

    Hi all Hope we are all well. I run a electrical and smart building business in the South West but am looking to expand through the UK. We offer programmable systems, centralized lighting and custom home cinemas....to name a few services. I am now looking to work with sparks in other cities...
  16. D

    Lighting circuit

    Hi All, WIth new reg is it a true that the every lighting circuit have to be protected by rcd ?
  17. R

    Mains or Low voltage garden lighting?

    Hi I am currently remodelling my garden and going to be installing some decking lights, spike lights and up/down lights on my fence. I just wondered what were peoples opinions on using either 12v or mains powered lights Was looking at switching it using the quinetic wireless switch Could...
  18. M

    Sourcing Right Components for Custom COB LED Lighting Fixture

    Hello! I am hoping to learn more about powering LEDs for a custom panel I am designing.. I am not re-inventing the wheel here, but am simply after a lot of output :) My design will be for the Film/Lighting industry where Color accuracy is important as well as flicker free appearance on...
  19. C

    USA Three way lighting issue

    okay so noob question...during this outbreak no electricians will come into our house...so I've been messing around with simple projects. Outlet in the wall, moved a light fixture, installed a smart switch. But I F'd something up when I got carried away. We have a light next to the garage...
  20. M

    Hi I have to draw a lighting circuit that has a time clock in.... I cannot find the official symbol for the drawing anywhere . Can you help please ?

    Hi I have to draw a lighting circuit that has a time clock in.... I cannot find the official symbol for the drawing anywhere . Can you help please ? Source URL: Lighting Forum - https://www.electriciansforums.net/forums/lighting-forum.95/
  21. H

    Outside lighting

    Hi, I have a 3 headed victorian light for my garden, looks quite an old 1 in my opinion due to the colour of the conductor cables. Can anyone tell me please how to wire this up so it comes on. Does this light work of a switch, or can I put a plug on the end of this, I have an outdoor power...
  22. S


    Hello Everyone, We installed fibre optic lighting for external requirement. With warm white generator, supposed to be warm light at end point however lights had green color shift (maybe due to fibre distance). To solve this installed magenta color filter film but now color is warm white but...
  23. gazdkw82

    Garden lighting help

    I'm looking at installing some garden lighting to my garden. I have a fairly large garden which has fencing down one side with hedge and shrub features. I'd like to light up these features gling down the garden. My first thoughts are garden spike lights. However, I have never looked at this...
  24. Baddegg

    Smart lighting garden

    Got a customer whom I’m sorting exterior power to shed for and have now been asked if I can add exterior lighting, up lighters in flower beds and general garden lights.....was after any advice recommendations for set up with regards controlling the lot from phone app?....
  25. J

    Mounting a sconce that requires a smaller than standard junction box

    I'm looking to purchase this sconce, though to my dismay it appears to need a smaller outlet box than standard: Bryant Sconce - https://www.circalighting.com/bryant-sconce-tob2022/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsZj7xduq6AIViJOzCh188Q4DEAkYASABEgL8mvD_BwE Installation Instructions The electrician...
  26. N

    strange earthing problem (lighting)

    Right, so its been one of those long days. swift breakdown: top floor flat. lighting cable is single cores in a conduit system. was employed to install downlights in 2 rooms. Really bizarre one for me, ive never encontered nything like this before. So i tested the original fittings in these...
  27. S

    Lighting Design

    Is there such an app or software that is reasonably priced where I can let's say take a photo of the front of a customer house and then super impose lights on it to show them how it could look?
  28. H

    Short circuit bypasses mcb and trips submain mcb

    Good evening A cable was loose in a ceiling void causing a short circuit this didn't trip the 10 amp 6ka type b mcb but tripped the 50 amp type b 6ka mcb that supplied that board back at the mains. I am wondering why this occurred other than me thinking the local protection isn't very...
  29. N

    I guzzini lighting columns

    Hi all, I'm carrying out some fixed wire testing remedial works and I have this one to repair. This work of art is an I guzzini lighting coloum which has to cap at the top so birds have been dropping all sorts down it. Also the original installers have thrown a fuse carrier in to fuse the flex...
  30. Pretty Mouth

    Lighting from fused spurs

    Evening all. Your thoughts please: I was helping out another spark today. The job was to spur from a ring final to a 13A fused spur, to feed several sockets and some lighting in a loft conversion. For the lights (regular common or garden pendant sets) he asked me to fuse down further to 3A...
  31. G

    where is battery located please, emergency lighting

    Hello, this emergency light does not come on when power is cut. There is a red light on when house has power, indicating power to the unit. The bulb works fine. I thought the battery may need changed. It has not been changed for a long time. How ever I can't see where the battery is. Is it...
  32. B

    Soffit lighting

    I have never installed downlights in a soffit before and have been asked to do it. New build house. Is it a case of drilling the holes in the soffit and fishing the cable into the loft or is there more to it ?
  33. T

    Underground car park lighting

    Good evening all! Has anyone got involved with car park lighting? I’m pricing a block of 13 flats with under ground parking, I’m sure how to price it... whether to go for anti corrosive LED battens with microwave sensor and a corridor function so the car park is never in darkness or; Go for...
  34. S

    Lighting intermittent issue

    Please forgive also posted on another site i wonder if anyone can help with intermittent tripping problem Distribution board 20amp MCB feeds a 20amp contactor to the outside sensor for external lights and bollards lights. Another small consumer unit wired in a way from the disi board and the...
  35. N

    USA 277 Volt lighting. Y system. I have a string of lights out in a hallway.

    277 volt Y system lighting circuit. A string of lights out in a hallway. Have 277 to ground on both my hot and my neutral. Have only 15 volts between my 277 hot and 277 neutral. This was discovered Friday afternoon, Co. does not pay OT so its my unwanted challenge for Monday. Will look at prints...
  36. C

    LED Lighting

    Hi,Im just a fresher as design engineer. While browsing, I read that 330ohms resistor has to be placed parallel across an LED light, can someone tell me if it is necessary and why?
  37. dlt27

    LED Strip lighting supply cable

    Hi all, probably being really thick so apologies if I am! Just wondered why led strip comes with such a thin supply cable? For eg 10m x 9.6w = 96w \ 12v = 8 A. So ideally not accounting for volt drop etc a minimum of 1.0mm csa needed. Why does most led strip come with a supply cable of maximum...
  38. A

    Additional cabinet lighting

    I have an end off loop lighting circuit. 6 ceiling down lights from 1 switch (pic 1). I would like to add 3 additional cabinet lights to the same circuit of of the same single switch. Can I spur the cabinet lights from existing downlights (pic 2) or will they need to be added to the series (pic...
  39. D

    Lighting cct voltage has dropped from nominal 240v to 138v

    Hi all, last week I decided to start painting the inside of the house and began in the kitchen. So to paint the ceiling, I lowered all LED downlights and left them prised using the spring loaded mechanism allowing to paint under the gimbals, so no weight was placed on the wiring whatsoever...
  40. S

    Carpark lighting

    Hi guys,I’m a maintenance electrician for the council but unfortunately control circuits aren’t my forte,anyway would anyone know the wiring setup for contactor,time clock,photocell,and a hand/off/auto switch for car park lighting. Sorry can’t get my head around it so a wiring diagram or link...
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