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Hi,

I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a lot of LightwaveRF equipment fitted in my house and have had since the end of 2015. Around 18 months ago, the double sockets that are very rarely used ie in spare bedrooms for example started to fail. One by one every month a socket would fail. They would stop turning on (stuck on amber) and/or would make a terrible loud buzzing/clicking noise. I was able to get a few replaced as they were still under warranty but the rest were out of warranty. I have about 12 in total that have failed.

I did some research a few months ago and stumbled across a sticky thread on lightwaverfcommunity.org.uk (unfortunately now closed), that said that the contacts or contactors have stuck/welded and it is a common problem with Lightwaverf sockets that don't get much use.

The reason for the post is that I cannot replace these so I wish to repair them and I'm looking for advice on what component(s) need replacing. I'm hoping I can just desolder the components that have failed and solder a new either the same or hopefully a better version in its place to prevent this from happening in future.

Below are some pictures of the inside of the socket and I'm hoping someone who is familiar with the problem can point me in the right direction please, it would be hugely helpful.










I assume it is the 2 relays in the last 2 pictures that have failed but I am not sure.

Any help you can give me will be much appreciated.

Thank you

Gaz
 
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Need help in finding out which component has failed in my lightwaverf double socket and how to replace them please.
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There seem to be several retailers online selling Lightwave RF smart sockets, though they are not cheap at £50 to £60 per socket.
 
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There seem to be several retailers online selling Lightwave RF smart sockets, though they are not cheap at £50 to £60 per socket.
Hi thanks for your reply. Yes the Gen 2 sockets are available but mine are Gen 1. The problem is also that my finish (black chrome) is not available in the Gen 2 and as such will not match the rest of the entire house. Finally I am also not willing to spend £700+ when I might be able to repair them for circa £2 a socket.

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Doesn’t say much for their quality if they don’t last long.
I’ve bought one of those about the same time, but it’s fitted in the garage for Xmas lights.

I also have 9 of the plug in adaptors and one of those failed. Haven’t ventured inside it yet.
 
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