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Possible Causes of Lighting Failure?

Postby hirschfelder » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:58 pm

Hi, I have a problem I'm trying to fix myself but have reached a dead end. Here's what's happened

I had a long fluorescent light in the bathroom. One day it started fizzing and eventually blew up

I turned the power off, removed the fitting and installed a new one, not a flouro, just a regular one. By removing the old one I was left with a Live and Neutral wire coming from the ceiling

Once fitted, I flicked the mains power back on and the corresponding fuse blew in my fuse box

I turned the power off, replaced the fuse wire (5 amps) and removed the bulb from the new fitting

I flicked the power back on and everything was as it was, all the lights worked fine, except the new one which had no bulb. SO I tried the new light again by flicking the power off and replacing the bulb

When I turned the power on again this time EVERY light in my house went dead. Even though upstairs and down are on 2 different circuits and each have a different fuse

I checked the fuse wire on the 2 corresponding fuse box plug thingies and they were both fine. All the other electrics in the house work fine, the wall sockets and what not

The new light fitting is no longer installed and the red and black wires have been taped up safely

Any ideas how I can fix this without getting a sparky in? Thank you
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Simply Build It

Postby ericmark » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:34 pm

My advise is leave well alone and get an electrician. It seems you have a non standard fault in a bathroom which must be about the worst place to have a fault. Saving money is all well and good but here I think saving a life is more important and just not worth the risk. If I could see where your problem is I would tell you. But since I can't see what you have done wrong all the more reason to get someone in.

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