New Wall Light not working despite power going in to it.

Postby CDEmerton » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:58 pm

Hi, I've just replaced an old wall light in a 1965 house. It won't work despite checking that power is going in to it. The old light was wired to red live and black neutral and the bare earth was folded back out of use. The new light is metal with an integrated pull chord switch and therefore requires to be earthed. I've wired it up using the bare earth and the bulbs (twin) don't light. As far as I can tell either I'm unlucky and the switch is kaput or the earth is not actually connected in the loft.

Grateful for any ideas.

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Postby stevenc1603 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:15 pm

The earth wire being disconnected won't cause the light not to work. Its only there as a safety mechanism.

Are you sure you have connected the live and neutral wires up correctly?

You may just be unlucky and have a dodgy switch. If you are confident with electrics you could always try bypassing the switch to rule that out. It could also be faulty bulb holders.
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Postby CDEmerton » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:56 pm

Thanks. I'll replace it with the other lamp and if it is the switch swap the lamp at homebase.
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