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marapapa 01-02-2006 12:05 AM

Changing Light Fixture - Way too many wires and light wont switch off
 
I just bought a house and thought I could change the light fixtures. My new light fixture has the following wires - Brown(Live), Blue (Nuetral) and Green (Earth). But when I pulled out the old fixture out I have 3 sets of cables - 1 Cable just has red and black wire and the other 2 sets have 1 black, 1 red and 1 green each. I tried to copy the old fixture, left all the red together (they were together in something that said LOOP), all the greens together and took 2 blacks and isolated the last black wire. The light switches on but it never switches off :( Please help!

mdshunk 01-02-2006 12:16 AM

What country are you in? The red and black in the consist of the cables, and the fact that you have brown-blue-green fixture wires leads me to believe that you may be posting from South Africa. Your country might go a ways toward answering your question.

marapapa 01-02-2006 12:20 AM

I'm in Australia. I think the red is the live wire that goes to the brown wire on the lamp. But I don't understand why there are so many wires coming from the ceiling. Thanks

hzjcm8 01-13-2006 02:16 PM

I think you may have a 3-way switch. This is where the light switches from two different places. I'm in the US where wire colors are different but I think the two cables with 3 wires are "runners" that switch the neutral. So, try this. Hook the greens all together and hook them to the ground screw on the fixture. Next, connect the red wires together from the two cables with 3 wires. Next, connect the black wires together from the two cables with 3 wires. That leaves you the cable with 2 wires (black and red). Connect these to the fixture wires.

Does this work? Does it switch off and on from two different locations?


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