The house we bought (5 years old) has a fitting for an external light, we've bought a ligh and i was going to fit it but once uncovering the wiring I was faced with 1 red, 1 black and what appears to be copper wire.
With the fitting needing earth, live and neutral, is this fitting safe to fit as it is or does something need to be done first?
the 2 reds go together in a spare term block not connected to the fitting, the 2 blacks go to the lights brn. & blue wires, one to each, the bare ones should be sleeved/taped grn/yel and connected to the earth term. on light.
the 2 blacks are one Neutral & one switched live, which should have red sleeving/tape but often missing. with a B.C. lampholder or a modern ES type it makes no difference which way round you connect it, regards SPARX
I would add its good practice to always have the centre contact of the es holder as live.
Will then ensure to conform to reg 553-03-04.
sparx is right to a point it's not always compulsory,but you cannot be certain the lampholder on some cheap foreign fittings, is to bs standard and would be safer if the bulb ever shatters exposing the metal casing or you touch the thread screwing the lamp into a non bs edison screw holder.
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