hi, i'm trying to connect a switch for some new outdoor lighting (with transformer). it is being hard wired to a plug socket. however whenever i switch the power on, the lights are on, then when i flick the switch to turn them off, the fuse blows!!
please help, ive connected everything colour to colour (i.e. brown to brown, blue to blue)
the lights do not require an earth.
i have connected the wires colour to colour as they enter the back of the plug socket, then onto the switch where they connect colour to colour (live top, neutral bottom) to a 1 way switch and the wires to the lights. the newly connected wires then go into the transformer and then to the lights.
many thanks in advance
ELECTRICAL WORK OUTDOORS IS A SPECIAL AREA NOW COVERED BY THE BUILDING REGULATIONS ( PART P ) AND AS SUCH THE INSTALLATION NEEDS TO BE TESTED AND CERTIFIED BY A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN. THIS IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT.
Further to all the previous comments you have connected the switch wrongly!
the two blues Must NOT be connected to the switch but to each other in a spare connector block the browns go top & bottom of switch.
you should have used a fused connection unit as your switch with a 3Amp fuse fitted, you can do this tourself if only low voltage wiring going outside, ie transformer indoors
I've got the switch connected to a small water pump for a pond. I've connected a plug to solid 14/2, and have it plugged into the the side of the house. I've run the 14/2 to a weather prof enclusure, where a light switch is hooked up:
Both black wires are hooked up to the same terminal at top of switch.
Both white wires are hooked up to the same terminal at the bottom of switch.
black & white wires? are u stateside?
if so remove the white wires and get a 'twister'term. block for them, take one black out of its terminal and fit it in the other switch term.,
hope you have a GFI in circuit as no ground.......