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I have fitted a touch control switch to a lamp, (I have done many no problem)…..However in this table lamp with a cast iron base the device does not operate when connected to the base? But when unscrewed the light turns on and 3 stage dims as it should. Any ideas welcome please.
 
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I have fitted a touch control switch to a lamp, (I have done many no problem)…..However in this table lamp with a cast iron base the device does not operate when connected to the base? But when unscrewed the light turns on and 3 stage dims as it should. Any ideas welcome please.
 

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Aside from the lamp holder, the connection within the base should be inside a plastic box….. if the metal base isn’t earthed.

What happens if a live wire becomes detached from the connector?

The plastic box also has strain relief, so there is zero chance a loose wire can escape and find its way to touching the metal.
 
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Aside from the lamp holder, the connection within the base should be inside a plastic box….. if the metal base isn’t earthed.

What happens if a live wire becomes detached from the connector?

The plastic box also has strain relief, so there is zero chance a loose wire can escape and find its way to touching the metal.

Sure, it will be in a inline plastic box like in the photo, all joints will be SN-48B crimp connected, this is the only difference to the other base mounted touch control switches I have fitted before inside the lamp base.
My issue is that the lamp works fine when I touch the disconnected yellow switch wire, but when it is connected to the lamp base and touch the metal lamp the G9 halogen bulb glows in the 1st dimmed stage and will not cycle through the 2nd, 3rd stage dimmed and off.
Many Thanks for all input.
 

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