Replacing multi-arm ceiling light with LV halogen fitting


Postby Buzzer » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:25 pm

I hope someone can help with my following query. I currently have a 240 volt 5 arm ceiling fitting controlled by a dimmer on a 1-way circuit. The current fitting has 5 live and 5 neutral wires attached from some form of junction box. The new halogen fitting only requires 1 live and 1 neutral for the transformer. Can these 4 extra wires just be terminated into a terminal block and tucked into the ceiling void and then just connect the two wires I need?

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Postby kbrownie » Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:29 am

Hi Buzzer,
It would be best to disconnect all cables surplus to this light fitting at junction box, rather than terminate and hide.
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Postby Buzzer » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:59 pm

Thankyou for the reply.
It's just a bit annoying that it means lifting my new carpet and tongue and groove floorboards in the room above! Would the terminal blocks not be allowed under current regs?
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Postby kbrownie » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:11 am

Hi Buzzer,
As regards to the regs nothing written in stone, but it does mention good workmanship at all times and the need for circuirts to be safely terminated and routed to protect from the potential of electric shock and mechanical damage.
Be safe
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Postby Buzzer » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:12 pm

Luckily, I've just discovered the wires were coming from a broken half of a ceiling rose bodged with tape and shoved up into the ceiling void which wasn't attached to a joist. I have now replaced it with a junction box after much arm and neck ache! Thanks for your replies.
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