Jump to content

DONT STAY LURKING AS A GUEST,

JOIN TEF AND BENEFIT FROM MEMBERSHIP:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN.
  • 0
fullpint

Changing a light fitting

Question

fullpint

Hi - I am trying to change a light fitting. The existing light is on a single switch, and the out of the ceiling are three wires, live, neutral and earth.

 

The new light fitting needs two lives. It has L1, L2, N and E. The fitting has four bulbs. The neutral from each bulb all meet up in the terminal and go to one place. But the live from two bulbs goes to L1 and live from the other two bulbs go to L2. The instructions assume I have two lives coming in.

 

Can I wire all four into L1?

 

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

9 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
Evans Electric

I'd say yes ,  sounds a bit strange to me .   Could just be designed to save energy with a choice of 2 lamps or 4.      Its not an emergency lighting fitting is it ?   

 

If its  a straight forward  fitting  just  fit a jumper between L1 & L2   & connect your L .  

 

As always on here ....make sure its dead before messing !!!!

Edited by Evans Electric

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
fullpint
3 minutes ago, Evans Electric said:

I'd say yes ,  sounds a bit strange to me .   Could just be designed to save energy with a choice of 2 lamps or 4.      Its not an emergency lighting fitting is it ?   

 

If its  a straight forward  fitting  just  fit a jumper between L1 & L2   & connect your L .  

 

As always on here ....make sure its dead before messing !!!!

 

It's just a standard ceiling light. I was expecting easy job, three wires out, three wires in. But this L1 L2 thing has thrown me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Evans Electric

Nothing is ever easy these days .   You're lucky theres only one cable hanging out of the ceiling actually.  

Let us know how it goes . 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Murdoch

Dare I ask what the installation instructions say?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Evans Electric

Murdo   he says the instructions assume  there are 2 X lives coming in  .     Its a new one on me TBH   for a normal fitting . 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Blue Duck

Maybe one live is for the loop? 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Evans Electric

No , he says two lamps are connected to  L1  &  two to L2   .   

 

 I know  that back in the day , (I'm too young to remember , Kerch will know ,)    a  large chandalier  ,  Del-Boy style,   could have ,say four switch wires for various levels og light .  

They also had some odd switches coupled with a wiring method that could put the lamps in series , like an early dimmer .   Got some info on them somewhere  .  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Doc Hudson

Sounds like a PIR type fitting, with live 'In' & live 'Out' to control a secondary light off the same fitting. But as Murdoch said; What do the manufactures instructions actually say?

 

Doc H.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
fullpint

Did a jumper from L1 to L2 and all ok, working fine. Thanks guys.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

Terms of UseWe have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.