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  1. alitech
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    Hi guys

    Please don't kill me. I am not an electrician and this is possibly the very simplest of questions you will read today.

    I got a custom light fitting created for me and I wanted to test it without having to get it installed on the ceiling first. There are a few bulb options and I wanted to see which bulb would look best on there which is why I wanted to test it.

    I took the wires and put them into a UK plug, and put it into the socket. It doesn't work. Can someone please guide me on how I can test this? Is there anything additional I need to do with the wires for it to work with a plug socket?

    Thanks
     
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    Fuse blown? a picture might throw some light on the problem, sorry for the pun.
     
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  3. Adam W
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    Have you tried the bulb in a different light to make sure it works?
     
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    It's not the members on here killing you that you should be worrying about dude.
     
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    best use a BS1363 plug.
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    not a
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  6. alitech
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    Yes I have a number of bulbs and a number of these lights. I have tested a couple of lights with different bulbs, but its not working.

    I suspect I am not doing it correctly. Do we need something additional in the circuit for the light to work? Like those lamp switches for eg?

    Eg:

    Light fitting with g9 bulb --- > Lamp switch ---> UK Plug ---> Plug socket

    Currently, I have:

    Light fitting with g9 bulb ---> UK Plug --> Plug socket
     
  7. telectrix
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    i test lamps/bulbs with this:

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  8. alitech
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    What is this called exactly?
     
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    safe block.when open, the clip ins are off. just insert wires, then close lid.
     
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  10. davesparks
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    You won’t need anything more than a correctly fitted plug to make it work.
     
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    Ditto! WP_20180227_15_50_38_Pro[1].jpg
     
  12. alitech
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    Ok, thats what I thought as well however, its not working. I will upload a pic of how wired the plug.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, who 'created' this for you? Where they an electrician? Did you pay for the light?
     
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    Will never work,
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  15. TonyMitchell
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    So true... Bulbs Grow, Lamps Glow...
     
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