How do i connect new light fittings in living room?

Postby Alicia » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:45 pm

Trying to connect 2 new light fittings in living room which both run off same light switch. One hole has three cables coming through it the other has two. Wires are brown blue grey black and some have different sleeves on them. Earth is ok know what to do with that. Connected first fitting fine and it worked. Attempted to fit second and either nothing or second fitting comes on when power is returned but will not go off via light switch :?: Getting very frustrated, dont want to ask a man as dont want to look like a WOMAN!!!! First time i have tried this so hope someone can help me
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:36 pm


Simply Build It

Postby thedoctor » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:02 am

See our project on replacing a light fitting to understand how switches work to lights. Then look at our project on two way switches.
Posts: 2298
Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:15 pm

Postby sparx » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:33 pm

Hi Alicia, you say same sw. but is it a double sw. ie one for each light?
Reason for? is you seem to have odd colour combo. there . Do cores come from one cable or are there 2 cables? see what colours are at second light, which prob. loop from first one with common neutral and poss. 2 switch wires one to first light and other to be connected to second lights sw.-line. If this is so then at will see what colour is to working light & which should loop on to other one.
sounds worse than it is, take note of any over-sleeving colours and repost,
regards SPARX
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 2166
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:33 pm
Location: The fifth continent.

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides

  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!


  • Related Topics