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  1. Jen Jackson
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    Jen Jackson New EF Member

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    Bristol
    I bought an IKEA light pendant and confused about how to wire it. The light is controlled by 2 switches and I have old colour wiring. From the ceiling I have 3 cables coming out. One is a single red cable, the other 2 contain black, red and earth.
    The switch I have to put these wires into only has a neutral and a live hole.
    Should I group the neutral and live cables together?
    Many thanks in advance!

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  2. Flanders
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    Flanders Regular EF Member

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    Did you take a photo of the old light when it was still connected , if not it will be difficult to help
     
  3. happyhippydad
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    happyhippydad Member Electrician's Arms

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    Hi Jen,

    The first few replies will tell you (politely I hope) to get an electrician to do it, as that is the correct advice as there's a bit more too it than just 'grouping cables together'. Then however, someone who is too eager and maybe bored will explain how to do it without going into enough detail (as there is so much more to it than joining the correct wires together) and your light will work albeit in perhaps a dangerous fashion.

    Good luck :)
     
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  4. Jen Jackson
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    Jen Jackson New EF Member

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    I didn’t, because the rose was wired in a completely different way I didn’t think it would be needed, I’m regretting this now!
     
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  5. Flanders
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    Flanders Regular EF Member

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    Then im afraid if you do not have test equipment then you will need an electrian
     
  6. peterhyper
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    peterhyper Regular EF Member

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    Jen, I would suggest that you call a local electrician tomorrow and get them to do it. Obviously check their cost beforehand, but for this type of job I charge my basic callout charge which covers the first hour. I would guess it will cost around £50 to get an electrician out, but at least it will be done properly and safely.
     
  7. Baddegg
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    Baddegg Still simmering Ken, not boiled yet buddy x Electrician's Arms

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    Did a little red bit fall off one of them black wires Jen?
     
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  8. Jen Jackson
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    Jen Jackson New EF Member

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    I didn’t see any red bit come off. I think I’m just going to have suck up paying for an electrician and not buy from IKEA again!
     
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  9. Jen Jackson
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    Jen Jackson New EF Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone, just going to get an electrician if it isn’t that straight forward.
    Thanks again!
     
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  10. TonyMitchell
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    TonyMitchell Electrician's Arms

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    Jen, also be VERY careful what you touch, as I assume you have no test equipment to prove dead. There is a situation commonly referred to as a "borrowed neutral" which in simplest terms means the wires you think are dead because you've switched the breaker off for say "upstairs lights" aren't all dead as a neutral is energised from another circuit. Call a sparks and be safe!
     
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  11. peterhyper
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    peterhyper Regular EF Member

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    I will admit that I'm not impressed with the quality of ikea light fittings, but regardless of the make of light fitting you would still be in the same position.

    Good luck getting it sorted.
     
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  12. wirepuller
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    wirepuller Forum Mentor

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    You cant blame IKEA for not noting how it was wired before you disconnected all the wires, you'd be in the same boat wherever the light came from.
     
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  13. Baddegg
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    Baddegg Still simmering Ken, not boiled yet buddy x Electrician's Arms

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    wiring then uo is the easy bit.....getting that plastic cowling thing to stay flush to the ceiling!....that’s a skill in its own!
     
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  14. TonyMitchell
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    TonyMitchell Electrician's Arms

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    They're not all bad, I was particularly impressed by the MILF, so have a few of them now. (Product No.16 on the list linked to).
     
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  15. Baddegg
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    Baddegg Still simmering Ken, not boiled yet buddy x Electrician's Arms

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    I like a MILF myself Tony.....
     
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