strange lighting ring wiring


Postby Cheshire Taurus » Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:32 pm

I moved into a brand new property and have started replacing some of the light switches with dimmers. when I removed the old switches I was supprised to find that the lighting ring was taken to the switch rather than the ceiling rose. to put it another way for a single gang switch 3 twin+earth cables go to the switch 2 for the ring and one going to the ceiling rose with the 3 earths and 3 neutrals joined in a loose terminal block in the back box.

Is this a normal way to wire the circuit? if not is it legal?

I always thought the ring went to the ceiling rose and a single cable to the switch.
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Postby BLAKEY1963 » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:24 am

[quote="Cheshire Taurus"]I moved into a brand new property and have started replacing some of the light switches with dimmers. when I removed the old switches I was supprised to find that the lighting ring was taken to the switch rather than the ceiling rose. to put it another way for a single gang switch 3 twin+earth cables go to the switch 2 for the ring and one going to the ceiling rose with the 3 earths and 3 neutrals joined in a loose terminal block in the back box.

Is this a normal way to wire the circuit? if not is it legal?

I always thought the ring went to the ceiling rose and a single cable to the switch.[/quote]

CHESHIRE TAURUS
IT CAN B WIRED THIS WAY. CONNECTIONS SHOULD BE INSULATED WITH TAPE WHERE NOT IN TERMINALS.

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Postby julianevans11 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:08 am

It's not illegal. It just makes more accessible to remove the switch rather than get up to the ceiling rose should a fault occur. In my experience it's usually used with light fittings that may be difficult to install.
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