Replacing a ligth fitting


Postby rcully » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:06 pm

I am trying to replace a bedroom light, upon removing the old light there were 4 separate cables, 2 grey insullated cables each with a red,black & earth wire. There was also 2 white cables 1 with 2 red wires and 1 earth wire and then a very narrow cable with a blue and brown wire only. On the new light fitting there was a blue set of wires and a black set of wires with 1 brown wire. Upon installing the fitting I matched 2 black cables & 1 of the red cables into one connection with the black wires from the new light fitting. Then I matched the remaining 3 red wires into 1 connection. I cut off the thin cable with the brown & blue wire as this seemed like more of a light fitting. When I now turn the power on the light remains permanently on regardless of switching the light switch on and off.

Can anyone help?
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Postby ericmark » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:37 pm

I can't follow exactly what you have done but I would guess you have connected to loop (Normally red or brown) instead of switch (Normally black or blue with red or brown sleeve). There are a few good pictures in the projects section and circuit diag http://www.ericpalmer.fsnet.co.uk/Images5/LIGHTS.JPG does that help. If you look at lamp X1 you can see how the "Loop" wires go in and out of rose without connecting to the lamp it's self.
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