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Replacing Lampholder

Postby airzee » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:56 pm

Hi, hope somebody can help.

I have taken off a "Lampholder Straight Batten" as I'd smashed the bayonet connection with some ladders (clumsy I know). So I've decided to replace it with a pretty much identical Lampholder, it has 3 terminals and one says 'loop'. I have 6 wires coming from my ceiling 3 red and 3 black. 3 red went into one terminal and 2 black went into another terminal and 1 black was on its own. I stupidly did not note which black wires went where.

I suppose my question is... How many wires should go into the 'loop'?
This will help to shorten the trial and error situation.

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Postby ericmark » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:04 am

In projects section there are diagrams. The main problem with DIY repairs is often the sleeve to show the black or blue wire is a switched line wire has fallen off and one has to carefully note which one it is. Normally non of the red or brown wires go to the lamp. Easier to look at pictures in projects.

As to how many wires in loop. Old colour code all the reds. New colour code all brown except for lamp it's self the lamp will connect to blacks (one should have red sleeve).

In the past I have tried to lead people through how to find the correct black but failed so I don't bother any more. Three goes should find correct one.
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