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  1. Daniel3103
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    Daniel3103 EF Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm looking for advice about a problem I keep having in my bungalow. The light in my bedroom keeps failing. It happened last year, the electrician put it right but it's happened again so I think there may be an issue that the electrician missed. I'd like to ask if anybody has any ideas what the problem may be before I call an electrician again.

    Last year, the light was initially switching on OK, then, after 10 minutes or so, it started going out for a few seconds, then coming back on for a few seconds, then out, on, out, on... I changed the bulb, the same happened. The electrician came. He said it was the bulb despite it being new. He changed the bulb again, and the light worked well for a year or so, until now...

    Then, a few days ago, I could no longer switch the light on. As I pulled the switch, I got a very brief flicker of light and then it went out immediately. I have changed the bulb. The same problem kept happening. Now, the switch doesn't have any effect: the light does not come on at all.

    So, has anybody got any idea of what is happening? Is there something I should look for or be aware of before calling an electrician?

    None of the other electrical items in the bungalow is causing a problem. I have had solar panels installed between the two series of incidents - in case this could be relevant -.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. littlespark
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    littlespark Electrician's Arms

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    It sounds like a loose connection, and frankly it could be anywhere between the consumer unit and the light bulb itself.
    Only an electrician with the correct test equipment and a bit of intelligence will be able to pinpoint the problem. It sounds like the first electrician you hired had very little of both.
    I would advise against you poking around behind switches etc looking for the problem as I don't know your level of competence.
     
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    Rpa07 3000 posts - only 50554 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Even something as simple as the terminal screws in the rose (if it is a 3 plate and earth) had one last night on the way home, unscrewed the rose cap and put one probe on the switch live terminal and the light came on! Most of the terminals were less than tight so job done.
    It’ll just take an electrician with test gear and a head on their shoulders (with some grey matter contained) to systematically check it out.
    Keep us updated if you can. We like happy endings!
     
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  4. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    if all the other lights work it's probably down to connections in the switch and/or the rose, or a faulty switch or a fault with the rose/pendant/light fitting. less than an hour for a spark ( including tea and biscuits ).
     
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  5. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    What type of fitting and bulbs (lamps) are you referring to?
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    electric ones, i hope. if they were gas, they'd hiss.:p:p:p.
     
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  7. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Agree with Murdoch, lets rule out the cheap tat light bulbs ( :) ) sold by B&Q etc, first.
     
  8. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    I quite agree

    Some of the big shed / pound land / worlds lamp bulbs are rubbish - seen quite a few issues over the recent years.....
     
  9. Daniel3103
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    Daniel3103 EF Member

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    It's a standard ceiling rose and pendant, ceiling pull switch and 11W CFL energy-saving light bulb.
     
  10. telectrix
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    CFL? sooooo last century. might as well use a paraffin lamp.
     
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  11. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Have you tried swapping this bulb with another (known) good one from another room?
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    could even be the spring loaded pins in the lamp holder sticking. try pressing them in with your finger ( advisable to isolate the circuit before being knocked off the ladder).
     
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  13. Dave OCD
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    Dave OCD Electrician's Arms

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    I'd press them in with the tip of an insulated screwdriver not your finger, well maybe your finger but not mine. :p
     
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  14. Timbo
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    Timbo Regular EF Member

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    I wouldn't use his finger, don't know where it's been!
    Stick with the screwdriver.
     
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  15. spinlondon
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    Sounds like a loose connection at either the switch, the rose or the lamp holder.
    Although it is possible the contacts inside the switch or the lamp holder have become tarnished, or even the spring inside the pull switch has broken.
     
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