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Old 01-20-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

My wife and I just bought a 1920's house and my first project was to install a new chandelier that we got online from China. It's a knockoff of a Pottery Barn one that is now discontinued...pictured below...


The wiring at the fixture is knob and tube. I determined which was hot and neutral and tested the voltage (came in at roughly 110V). The circuit that it's on at the panel is 15amps. I wired everything up, switched the panel back on, flicked the light switch and BUZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Loud buzzing sound and no light. I quickly turned everything off and examined the fixture's ratings that were listed only on the remote transmitter...some of which seemed like they were in broken english...


Could it be the alleged 3000 Watts that the chandelier is attempting to pull? Is it possible that this chandelier is actually 3000 Watts? Seems like a lot to me. I don't recall coming across a fixture light this before. Any other tips or advice?

Again...any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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To me the buzzing you are describing sounds like a short. What type of breakers do you have in your home?

Is this fixture UL listed?

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The panel is updated. 200 amps/30 branch circuits.

The fixture doesn't have any visible sign of being UL listed. The website says it's CE Certified, though. No visible evidence of this on the actual fixture or components.
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You didn't answer my question though. What type of breakers do you have in your home? There is a very specific reason I am asking this.
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Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

My wife and I just bought a 1920's house and my first project was to install a new chandelier that we got online from China. It's a knockoff of a Pottery Barn one that is now discontinued...pictured below...


The wiring at the fixture is knob and tube. I determined which was hot and neutral and tested the voltage (came in at roughly 110V). The circuit that it's on at the panel is 15amps. I wired everything up, switched the panel back on, flicked the light switch and BUZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Loud buzzing sound and no light. I quickly turned everything off and examined the fixture's ratings that were listed only on the remote transmitter...some of which seemed like they were in broken english...


Could it be the alleged 3000 Watts that the chandelier is attempting to pull? Is it possible that this chandelier is actually 3000 Watts? Seems like a lot to me. I don't recall coming across a fixture light this before. Any other tips or advice?

Again...any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
3000w I doubt it !
Not unless each of the 10 lamps is 300w each !
The controler might be able to handle up to 3000w.
But the chandelier is NOT 3000w.
What wattage ratings are the lamps ?

You must have a short circuit somewhere !
Take all lamps out of fixture and test with a multi meter
for short circuits, a chaffed wire is common.

Are you sure you wired the controler properly ?

It's most likely dead now !
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I will retract my other posts.

I see the problem now. Read the voltage rating of the remote switching unit. What's under the marker. Looks like it says 220-240V.
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I also see 110v written over it !
could be a factory/dealer/agent modification ?


Where did you get the controler from ?
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You are going to believe something written in marker over the original printing? I'm not even sure that says 110V. Its a cheap, knock off Chinese rip off that isn't UL listed. I don't know where the OP lives, but it wouldn't be legal to install in the US.
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I have see that contoller before and there is no way it can be leigt in North Americiane side and what more someone ran the marker to atempt to change the voltage conferation.

BTW this type of controller is not legit in France either I have see aftermath when they smoked up on 240 volt circuits ( they will do more damage than the 120 volt counterparts will do )

And it was not even CE or NF listed either!

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Thank you all for your advice! I knew at first sight that it was a cheap knockoff, but I had no idea that it would be unsafe/not-to-code. I will be shipping this right back to China ASAP!
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I will be shipping this right back to China ASAP!
Please let us know if they allow you to return it and if they refund your money or not!

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