Red & Black Wire From Light = Blown Fuse - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-21-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Red & Black wire from light = blown fuse


OK - I'm new to electrics, and having just spent 20 on fuses and driven to B&Q twice thought I'd ask for help!

I bought a new house (UK) - it has an outdoor light but no obvious switch. There is a taped up wire coming out the wall indoors so I assume it is connected. Inside the wire is one black and one red wire.

I had 2 thoughts on what these wires could be (maybe theres more possiblilites):

I thought either they are linked to the light, but not connected to the power OR they are for connection to a light switch.

I thought if I joined the wires therefore either nothing would happen, or it would act like a switch in the 'on' position and switch the light on.

However on turning the power on the fuse blew.

Therefore (assuming the wires are connected to the light), the light is connected to the power and needs a switch - but I don't understand why joining the wires blew the fuse (isn't this the same as turning a switch on?)?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Advertisement

leedslad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2006, 10:11 PM   #2
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 8,388
Rewards Points: 3,570
Blog Entries: 4
Default

Red & Black wire from light = blown fuse


The wires are probably not for the light.
Guessing with electrics is not how to make repairs. I would strongly suggest in this case you call a proper eletrician.

Advertisement

joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2006, 10:50 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 8
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Red & Black wire from light = blown fuse


I agree that you should contact an electrician to handle the job. The other posibility is that those wires may be for the light, but there may be a break in the wire to the light itself causing a ground problem, thus blowing the fuse.

In order to figure out what's what you should have an electrician look everything over.
slhfire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 07:54 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Red & Black wire from light = blown fuse


Thanks for the advice - called the electrician and we discovered that the wires coming out of the wall were simply live wires (a 'spur' from a nearby plug?). The outdoor light was simply bolted to the wall and had no wires leading to/from it. Rather a weird set-up but wires and light now both removed - and all for only £20 which didn't seem too unreasonable since 2 blokes came.
leedslad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recommended wire for fuse box jngtexas Electrical 7 05-04-2007 05:04 PM
Old house, new light fixture, too many wires Persephonee Electrical 3 01-15-2007 09:58 AM
Replacing light killed downstream outlets, totally stuck amissner Electrical 5 07-13-2006 07:02 AM
trying to wire a light and light switch off of an outlet imphishy Electrical 3 03-16-2005 10:04 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts