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  1. Mills87

    Mills87 EF Member


    So looking for some advice in advance of getting a visit by a local electrician to see what the general consensus is and whether the job ranges between some quick and easy or full rewire.

    In the Lounge of a 1950s semi detached, there are 3 lights operated from a three gang switch. I would like to remove two of these. Wiring is the old Red and Black, but not too old I gather early 90s) from the previous owner (modern Consumer unit too).

    Behind the switch, the live loops into the switch with single core round (two layers of) insulated wire, then separate live + earths go off to each of the 3 lights. No Neutral wires to be seen however. At each of the light fittings, there is a live + earth and a neutral + earth. I assume therefore there is neutral loop connecting the lights (heard this is often done with rooms with many downlighters).

    Something like this the rough diagram attached

    So I have two questions:

    1) Is this method of wiring still allowed under (current) regulations for this application? Or would I need a rewire?

    2) What would be done to remove to two lights from the circuit? Would have said it would be remove the live between the switch and the light, and link the neutral in a maintenance free junction box (under floor boards). But since there is only one neutral wire going to each fitting there must be a juntion somewhere else feeding these.

    Many Thanks


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  2. telectrix

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    find the junction box and remove the redundant wiring. diss the unused wires in back of switch/es and wago the ends. ensure the cpc continuity is maintained. fit 1 gang switch.
  3. SparkyChick

    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Electrician's Arms

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    ^^ What he said ^^
  4. Des 56

    Des 56 Trusted Advisor

    Gliese 581C
    Its a shame most people who play with their electrics aren't as well informed as yourself

    There is no set method of wiring lighting circuits,they can and are done in various ways which include circuits similar to your current method,take the advice above and crack on
  5. Mills87

    Mills87 EF Member

    Sorry, forgot to say thanks for all your replies! Good piece of mind & duly sorted by the sparky with minimal hassle.
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