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Ceiling lamp installation

Hi guys,

I have a lamp with 2 cables:

http://s11.postimg.org/ajjt07dmb/IMAG1112.jpg

and 3 cables coming out of the ceiling:

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How should I connect it?

Thanks in advance,

Oliv
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The one that doesnt give you a shock when you lick it is the earth.. dont use that one.
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Hi guys,

I have a lamp with 2 cables:

http://s11.postimg.org/ajjt07dmb/IMAG1112.jpg

and 3 cables coming out of the ceiling:

http://s10.postimg.org/bx25muk61/IMAG1111.jpg

How should I connect it?

Thanks in advance,

Oliv

I have found that the wiring here is just a little confusing...I have two wall lights that need fitting, the wires for each fitting are different, for one fitting, the blue wire is the live ( neutral in the UK) and for the other fitting, the solid yellow is the live. Both have earths and both have different colours for the neutrals.
Anyone else confused by the wiring in Swiss homes?


Now I understand why some of our friends don't have light fittings after being here for two or three years.
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I have found that the wiring here is just a little confusing...I have two wall lights that need fitting, the wires for each fitting are different, for one fitting, the blue wire is the live ( neutral in the UK) and for the other fitting, the solid yellow is the live. Both have earths and both have different colours for the neutrals.
Anyone else confused by the wiring in Swiss homes?


Now I understand why some of our friends don't have light fittings after being here for two or three years.
Yes. It is true unfortunately that the Swiss wiring systems do not correspond to US/UK standards.
Part of the reason is that it is quite usual in Switzerland to have a 3 Phase electrical system in domestic premises, each phase having its own colour.
Also, if a light is controlled by multiple switches (2-Way circuits) additional colours are required to distinguish the cables.

This has been discussed from time to time here, for example . . .
Swiss wire coding electricity
Advice on Ceiling Light Wiring

The alternatives to fixing it yourself is pay an electrician or . . .
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Looks like it'll be candles then if I don't get this resolved!!
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I have found that the wiring here is just a little confusing...I have two wall lights that need fitting, the wires for each fitting are different, for one fitting, the blue wire is the live ( neutral in the UK) and for the other fitting, the solid yellow is the live. Both have earths and both have different colours for the neutrals.
Anyone else confused by the wiring in Swiss homes?
Your wiring is really odd and out of the ordinary and most likely not according to code. Blue should be neutral too (older installation netural was yellow). Earth is yellow-green (older installation yellow-red).

Be super careful when your house is TN-C instead of the more safer version TN-C-S. A switched live and neutral in one single socket can be deadly in TN-C.
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Your wiring is really odd and out of the ordinary and most likely not according to code. Blue should be neutral too (older installation netural was yellow). Earth is yellow-green (older installation yellow-red).

Be super careful when your house is TN-C instead of the more safer version TN-C-S. A switched live and neutral in one single socket can be deadly in TN-C.

Thanks for the advise...I was very surprised when I stuck an electricians screwdriver on the blue and it lit up. I'm hoping to get some of the easier fittings up and then consider what to do about the multi-cable locations. I need to work out the fuse box first, it looks like something off a 70's warship.
The house was build in the 90's apparently.
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I had exactly the same thing in at least one room of all the rented flats I had. I never figured it out and getting an electrician in was more hassle than it was worth for one light, so just went for floor lighting in these places.

In the end, the only way I managed to get working lights in all rooms in the apartment was to buy a place off-plan myself!
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