Help fitting a external light (pls)

  Uboat 20:28 26 May 2010

Hi everyone, im absolutley no electrician in fact electrics and me dont go..

Im trying to fit a external light but i dont know how too.? can anyone help please with the cable routing, Its basicly a wire coming from my garage to a external light so its one way (I belive) the other end from source is going to be on a plug (13 amp fuse) i cant seem to get the cables right.? it keeps tripping any ideas pls.? here is some pics of the extrenal light switch & cable im using.?

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  bremner 20:33 26 May 2010

You do not have a straight forward one way switch.

You really should get an electrician or someone who knows what they are doing.

It would be reckless for us to advise you how to do this on a forum. Get it wrong and you could electrocute yourself or cause a fire.

  MAT ALAN 20:46 26 May 2010

click here

here is a link, follow instructions.

WHEN you have BLOWN yourself or your house up tick as resolved and phone an electrician...

forgot to mention, the link is about the most useless uninformative set of instructions you could get...

  octal 20:48 26 May 2010

I am a qualified electrician and I would really not advise you to try this yourself, particularly after seeing those photos, you really need to get someone that knows what they are doing.

  spuds 20:49 26 May 2010

Its obvious that there is a fault, otherwise it would not keep tripping out. Due to the unit being for outside use it would be even more concerning. I would second bremner's suggestion of getting a competent and qualified electrician in to sort out the problem.

I have wired up most of my electrics on my property, both internal and external, including cctv, with the help of an electrician friend, but I wouldn't attempt to pass on advice on the internet, due to rick of injury, death or a compensation claim.

But having said that, there are 'tradesman' forums that specialise in giving advice on perhaps resolving the problem you have.

  BRYNIT 21:26 26 May 2010

Looking at the pictures you have have posted I can see several problems which makes it difficult to advise especially if you know very little about basic electrical work. The switch is a two way switch and should have come with instructions very easy to follow.

I will not explain at this time how to do the wiring but if you are able to answer a few questions and show a diagram on what you have done I may be able to give you links to diagrams that may help.

1. How is the cable connected to the power supply in the garage.
2. what size wire are you using
3. what type of external light are you using.
4. Have you got an RCD in the garage for this light fitting to be connected to.

And lastly where would you like the get well card sent to when you manage to electrocute yourself.

  Forum Editor 22:54 26 May 2010

with such a basic knowledge of electrical wiring.

Your switch model can be wired in a one or two way configuration, and the reason it isn't working is that you have wired it incorrectly. I can see the mistake you've made, but I'm not going to tell you how to rectify it. You should not make any further attempts to make the switch work - get an electrician to do the job for you. It's illegal for you to try - you could easily receive a fatal shock.

Please listen to the advice you've been given - it may save your life. I'm going to lock the thread now, in case anybody is foolish enough to offer you advice on how to wire the switch yourself.

  bremner 22:58 26 May 2010

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Look at Q5

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