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    Switching of suspended dimmable led fittings

    Hi, I am installing 12 x suspended LED fittings in an office. They are on two switches. The fitting itself comes with a 5 core cable. How do I switch this. Do I need on/off and momentary switch or something else. See attached pic. Any ideas gratefully accepted.
  2. S

    RCD tripping when switching oven isolator off

    Hi all. I was called to a house recently where the occupier reported that when they turned the oven isolator off the RCD would trip. So I tried it and that's exactly what happened. There was nothing switched on on the oven at the time. When the oven is on it works fine. It is an integrated oven...
  3. S

    intermediate switching

    planning on having some two way switching put in but controlled from four places so will need to have intermediate switches I'm planning on controlling six rooms from different places inside a house so can turn downstairs room lights on from upstairs so not only two way switches but intermediate...
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    Multi way switching using only 1 way switches?

    Hi My bungalow hall lights can be turned on and off from 4 different switches. I was expecting these switches to be a mix of 3 way and intermediate switches, but all 4 of them are just 1 way switches. I now have a problem that my hall lights are permanently turned on, and none of the switches...
  5. S

    Headlights on Smartcar delay in switching on

    I recently purchased an old 2003 Smart Car as a 2nd run around car. I've noticed recently that some times when I turn the head lights to dipped or main beam there might be a long delay before they actually switch on. Some days it is instant and others I have this problem. Also the dash back...
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    Isolation and switching

    I have a question regarding isolation and switching arrangements. I want to work out what would work best within the regulations regarding splitting a new 200a TPN PME supply to serve flats above and a shop below. my initial thinking new 200a PME supply - Trunking above feeding a new ryefield...
  7. DIY Novice

    Terminating/blanking off 2 way switching

    Hi I have two light switches literary opposite each other operating the same two lights, as a wall has been removed between them, meaning one of those switches is no longer used, is obsolete and has been behind a picture which covered up the issue. However I now wish to use a lightwave light...
  8. essex

    Domestic Smart Switching for the home.

    Any recommendations on smart switching for the home? Would like it Alexa compatible.
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    Domestic Solar Panel Switching - Help Please

    Hi all I've just joined, I'm not an electrician. What I'm asking is probably simple but I believe in not messing about with something you don't know about. I have an engineering background and appreciation of electrics. I have two banks each of eight solar panels, one bank on each side of my...
  10. Pip

    Domestic Manual switching to over ride PIR Flood

    Hi Guys, Have a client who has a light unit with a built in PIR at the entrance to his property, Electric gates, Cameras etc. PIR has packed up so light now useless. The unit has a switched live to the lamps so bypassing the PIR, panic mode really as there are other floods on the same circuit...
  11. J

    EICR isolation & switching

    Can anyone clarify why isolation and switching are excluded from the inspection schedule on EICR model forms, but included in 'guidance for inspectors'?
  12. DaveChase

    2 way switching configuration HELP

    Good evening All, After perusing the forum as a visitor for a while I have now found the need to ask you ladies and gents for your help and advice. I have a customer with 2 way switching controlling the 1st floor landing light, it consists of a 2 gang switch downstairs (hallway & landing) and...
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    Light Switching Query!

    Hi I have a pendant light fitting and two spots. I want them operated off a double light switch. An electrician has installed a single cable out the top of the light switch as first fix which appears to be a 3 core and earth (see photo) when I was expecting to see two cables coming out of the...
  14. J

    Light bulb not switching off

    I've fitted a new bulb on our landing -- 60W LED GLS. It won't switch off, but just dims down a bit. Comes back to full brightness when switched on. (In other words, it's always 'on' even when the switch is 'off'.) Have I used the wrong bulb type? Is there a permanent trickle to this light...
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    2 way switching wiring issue

    I’ve got Hall/landing 2 way switching. Both switches recently replaced. I have a red cable on the 3 core that was initially in the common up and down. However the upstairs landing would only switch on/off from the bottom switch and then it didn’t switch on or off at all. Taking the red out of...
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    Advice on LED inductive voltage preventing LEDs switching off

    Hi, I'm looking for some advice on LEDs that glow when switched off in a multi-switch circuit. Last month I replaced our old CFL lamps with multiple LED G9 'chandeliers'. The living room has a dimmer switch and the 20-odd LEDs all work fine. However the hallway has 3 ceiling fixtures, with...
  17. Vortigern

    So how do I get my business name at the top of the page like ergelectrics then

    So I suppose I have to sponsor the forum. But maybe it is not the best place to advertise for electricians an electricians forum?
  18. a-z electrics

    2 dimmers on 2 way switching

    I know you're only supposed to put one dimmer switch on a 2 way lighting setup but what would happen if you put 2 on, one at each switch position? A client wanted an led dimmer each end of the dining room. It's going to use 10 led candle bulbs 4W each on two chandeliers .. I advised him not to...
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    Stair Lighting unusual switching

    Hi all. I'm currently renovating a house and have one particular requirement I'd like, if possible, sme suggestions. One of the things I would like to do is put in stair edge lighting. I have found some nice ULV LED spots that I want to put into the stringer on the wall side. Now this is only...
  20. Kg03mry

    2 way switching help needed after burst pipe.

    Hi all So we had a major flood a few mornings ago. The issues have now been fixed however some light switches needed to be replaced because they got drenched. We have two way switching for our landing light (one single switch at the top of the stairs, and a two gang at the bottom that controls...
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