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    • Rossplymouth
    • By Rossplymouth 10th Nov 18, 3:21 PM
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    New kitchen light and wires help needed please.
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:21 PM
    New kitchen light and wires help needed please. 10th Nov 18 at 3:21 PM
    Hi guys my kitten used to have a strobe light and it have just but a 4 spotlight fitting but I just can't get it to work, I have 3 sets of blue wires and 3 sets of brown wires they are in sets of 1 blue 1 brown. And a earth which has 3 wires coming out the end. I have tried each set and the best I have got is connecting 1 of the blue and earth and 1 brown to the new light fitting and it comes on but the switch doesn't work and it makes the hallway light not work.

    Can anyone please help me out.
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 10th Nov 18, 4:06 PM
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    If this doesn't help, you probably need an electrician.
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    • Rossplymouth
    • By Rossplymouth 10th Nov 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 4:14 PM
    I don't have that setup on the new light. I have 1 hole for N one earth and one L
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Nov 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 4:37 PM
    Hi guys my kitten used to have a strobe light and it have just but a 4 spotlight fitting but I just can't get it to work, I have 3 sets of blue wires and 3 sets of brown wires they are in sets of 1 blue 1 brown. And a earth which has 3 wires coming out the end. I have tried each set and the best I have got is connecting 1 of the blue and earth and 1 brown to the new light fitting and it comes on but the switch doesn't work and it makes the hallway light not work.

    Can anyone please help me out.
    Originally posted by Rossplymouth
    Unless you took pictures and labeled the wires as you removed them then I don't think any of us can safely.

    You really need an electrician. (especially if your tests are affecting lights in other rooms)
    • Rossplymouth
    • By Rossplymouth 10th Nov 18, 4:50 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 4:50 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 4:50 PM
    It was like the picture that the other poster put on here, but now the new like just has 1 hole for earth 1 for N and 1 for L
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th Nov 18, 5:33 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 5:33 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 5:33 PM
    You can put more than one wire into one hole.
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    • Rossplymouth
    • By Rossplymouth 10th Nov 18, 5:41 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 5:41 PM
    But the hole is really small
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 10th Nov 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 5:56 PM
    Most light fittings will have a terminal strip for the three cables. If yours doesn't, then you need a separate junction box. I've used these in the past - https://www.screwfix.com/p/surewire-sw2l-mf-16a-2-way-pre-wired-junction-box-white/8676h

    But if you don't know what you are doing, and it sounds like you don't, get a qualified electrician in. Get it wrong and you could start a fire, and your insurance would refuse to pay up.
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    • phill99
    • By phill99 11th Nov 18, 3:04 PM
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    • 11th Nov 18, 3:04 PM
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    • 11th Nov 18, 3:04 PM
    For Gods sake employ an electrician.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 11th Nov 18, 4:38 PM
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    Your comments suggest you don't understand enough about mains wiring or electricity to attempt this yourself. While it is completely allowed to change a light fitting yourself, you have to be able to do it properly and you have given no indication that you can with your questions.


    I'm pretty much the last person on here to advise calling an electrician, I believe the whole "notifiable work" concept is an iniquitous imposition on householders, but in this case you definitely need to.
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