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Question Wiring Advice

Aberdeen Shrimper

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After some advice.....

I have taken a few days of to decorate our dinning room and need some advice on wiring up a light fitting, i know that Red(Live) connects to Brown and Black (Neutral) connects to Blue and of course Green/Yellow (Earth) connects to Green/Yellow.

As per pics below, my confusion comes with 3 wires coming out of the ceiling which wire up to the 3 coming out of the light fitting…..stright forward enough, although there is another Yellow/Green (Earth) that is attached to the actual light fitting itself???

Does this connect in to the Earth from the wiring coming out of the ceiling as well as the earth that is coming from the wiring out of the light fitting???

Hope that makes sense............

Forced coffee break now until i get some advice :)


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GNH

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Why not try a bit of trial and error?

If you try to turn on your lights and the street lights outside your house turn off and your television re-tunes to uncrypted indian channels then you know you've wired it up wrong.

Hope this helps
 

Aberdeen Shrimper

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Why not try a bit of trial and error?

If you try to turn on your lights and the street lights outside your house turn off then you know you've wired it up wrong.

Hope this helps

And if i stop posting all of a sudden you will also know that i might have got it wrong!!!

:unsure:
 

MK Shrimper

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Dave, all earths are indeed connected together if the light fitting it metal.

All earth MUST be at the same potential otherwise a floating earth can cause electrocution!
 

Aberdeen Shrimper

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Dave, all earths are indeed connected together if the light fitting it metal.

All earth MUST be at the same potential otherwise a floating earth can cause electrocution!


So connect both earth's on the light fitting in to the household earth???
 

Hotman

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I believe that the earth wire on the fitting must be connected to the earth coming out - please don't rely on it being a metal fitting, recipie for disaster (unless it has an old "earth" sign (two squares i think) , not the one with lines that looks like a triangle).

To be honest would strongly recommend you call a sparks if you're unsure of this at all - and don't take advice from the internet - it's you and your families lives at risk with electricity...
 
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Why not try a bit of trial and error?

If you try to turn on your lights and the street lights outside your house turn off and your television re-tunes to uncrypted indian channels then you know you've wired it up wrong.

Hope this helps

You say about street lighting in jest of course but 4 years ago in deepest shoebury on christmass day the eletric blow in the ground outside our house s o they turned up and stuck a big cable in to a lamp post and put it through the letter box into our leccy box,hope this helps.
 

Aberdeen Shrimper

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I believe that the earth wire on the fitting must be connected to the earth coming out - please don't rely on it being a metal fitting, recipie for disaster (unless it has an old "earth" sign (two squares i think) , not the one with lines that looks like a triangle).

To be honest would strongly recommend you call a sparks if you're unsure of this at all - and don't take advice from the internet - it's you and your families lives at risk with electricity...

Wired it up as MK suggested and it all seems ok, tested the fitting with a volt meter and there is nothing at all, so all seems good.

Cheers for the advice though Carl
 
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