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Re: Light Fittings

Here are some light fittings and a cover.

The round cover comes with a spung clip to put inside the hole where the wiring is and then you screw on the cover.

The large round fittings were from Ikea and came with a paper corrogated/fan style lamp that fitted onto the buld. The metal eye goes onto on the the hooks, then the fitting goes flush to the ceiling.

The Black one is for hainging lights and comes in mainly black/white. The quality of these vary and this leads to how well the 'cup' fits to the ceiling.

There are many more types, but these are the one's I had to hand and need no drilling provided you have the large hole in the ceiling.
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Re: Light Fittings

just finished installing my lights, and what a mess it is, after 8 electrocution, 5 exploding lamps, 7 short circuits, 2 almost fires, nahhhhhh, just joking

all went well, no problems or anything at all, except maybe, the tenant on top of my apartment waking up early on a weekend to the sound of drilling, in any case, i had a blast, previous experience really did help me with this, for beginners, i wouldnt recommend it
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Re: Light Fittings

Thank you very much for the information and the pictures, szhjcn.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE EFFORT YOU PUT FORTH IN THIS.
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Old 09.11.2008, 10:33
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Re: Light Fittings

I'm having a wee bit of trouble with some of our lights.
Mostly the wires coming from the roof were blue and brown which is easy. But, a couple are different combinations of 3 wires: 2 green, 2 blue and 1 green/yellow.
Any suggestions???
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I'm having a wee bit of trouble with some of our lights.
Mostly the wires coming from the roof were blue and brown which is easy. But, a couple are different combinations of 3 wires: 2 green, 2 blue and 1 green/yellow.
Any suggestions???
DO not wanna get you in trouble by guessing. Definitely green/yellow is a protection earth wire (PE). Two blue might be live and the other 2 green just to close the circuit. I wouldn't guess just get a multi-meter and measure or call an electrician. Guess work might cost damage or even life!
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Re: Light Fittings

Thanks!
Just to clarify. The 2 blue are both attached to a little grey box as are the 2 green. The green/yellow is long and just hanging there.

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DO not wanna get you in trouble by guessing. Definitely green/yellow is a protection earth wire (PE). Two blue might be live and the other 2 green just to close the circuit. I wouldn't guess just get a multi-meter and measure or call an electrician. Guess work might cost damage or even life!
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Old 09.11.2008, 10:48
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Re: Light Fittings

the green/yellow is the earth connection - for metal lights, you will connect this to the body of the lamp.

AC is alternating current. So + and - can be connected how you want.
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Just to clarify. The 2 blue are both attached to a little grey box as are the 2 green. The green/yellow is long and just hanging there.
If you have AC volt-meter I would check the voltage on the wires and their connection in a DB box. Once you know then you can swich off the CB in the DB box to do the light mounting. I would hope that these wires are teminated inside the block-connector but not hanging loose
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Re: Light Fittings

Yes, the are tucked away inside some sort of block connector, just not a normal one (i.e. little grey boxes!)

Just checked another room and there are 2 blue and 1 green.

Why can't they all be blue and brown like the first couple we did?

We don't have a multimeter, only one of the little screwdriver testers but we are turning the electricity off to the entire house before touching anything as a precaution.

So, I have light fittings from IKEA with a brown and a blue wire. As the current is alternating if we match the blue with the blue and the green with the brown it should be ok?
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Re: Light Fittings

as long as you don't match the green/yellow one with either, you'll be ok
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Re: Light Fittings

Thanks heaps!! Just wanted to double check!

If I'm not back soon we've blown something worse than a fuse!


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Old 09.11.2008, 11:35
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Yes, the are tucked away inside some sort of block connector, just not a normal one (i.e. little grey boxes!)
It is for tapping the wires to connect them together. Just screw your light fixture wires inside the little blocks!

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Just checked another room and there are 2 blue and 1 green.

Why can't they all be blue and brown like the first couple we did?
Sometimes if there is step down transformer for low voltage supply the ncolour can be different, but in your case I think they just used the green colour for the light fixture supply and it should be equivalent to the brown.

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We don't have a multimeter, only one of the little screwdriver testers but we are turning the electricity off to the entire house before touching anything as a precaution.
It should be ok to check if it is live or disconnected.

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So, I have light fittings from IKEA with a brown and a blue wire. As the current is alternating if we match the blue with the blue and the green with the brown it should be ok?
Normally blue and brown wires are both for 220Vac L+N live-neutral. It is straighforward and it should be ok for your IKEA fitting.
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Re: Light Fittings

Thanks guys for your help.
We officially have light. No sparks, shocks or fuses blown!
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Situation defused. Another high tension, electrifying case solved. Well done EFers!
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Well done! And no need to go get fuses from COOP or MIGROS At least for now!
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Re: Light Fittings

Sorry to revive this thread...

Just moved into a new apartment and would like install a (brought from the US) hanging lamp. Before I injure myself or burn down the building, just want to get advice on the correct wiring.

- From my lamp is the usual US style cord with a third ground wire.
- Coming from my ceiling is a blue and green wire into one of those plastic connectors and a separate green/yellow bi-color wire by itself.

I think I can just wire my lamp's cord into the green and blue connector box matching the 'hot' wire to the green and 'neutral' to the blue, and connect the ground to the green/yellow bi-color.

Does that sound right?
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Does that sound right?
It greatly depends on the light fixture, bulb and rating on the cable.
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I think I can just wire my lamp's cord into the green and blue connector box matching the 'hot' wire to the green and 'neutral' to the blue, and connect the ground to the green/yellow bi-color.

Does that sound right?
Yep, that's right

Make sure you fit a 230V light bulb, otherwise your USA 110V light bulb will be very bright for a very short time :-)
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Old 04.05.2009, 09:22
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Sorry to revive this thread...

Just moved into a new apartment and would like install a (brought from the US) hanging lamp. Before I injure myself or burn down the building, just want to get advice on the correct wiring.

- From my lamp is the usual US style cord with a third ground wire.
- Coming from my ceiling is a blue and green wire into one of those plastic connectors and a separate green/yellow bi-color wire by itself.

I think I can just wire my lamp's cord into the green and blue connector box matching the 'hot' wire to the green and 'neutral' to the blue, and connect the ground to the green/yellow bi-color.

Does that sound right?

Green-yellow wire is a ground/earth wire for protection. Although it seems like your lamp fixture might be designed for lower voltages 110V (if there is no sepcific compatibility 110V/220V) and it entails much more than just screwing it in there because safety distances are different. But in practical life just go ahead and connect it and use 220V bulbs. I would use multi-meter just to "make sure" that the wires correspond to what you already suspect.
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Old 05.05.2009, 08:10
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Re: Light Fittings

I'd be VERY surprised if a 110Volt fitting will be rated for 220V

If this causes a fire etc.. your insurance would be void.
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