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bs1976
Fitting new light fittings

I tried to fit new light fittings in my living room, but when i removed the old fittings there is no earth wire.
How do i rectify this problem?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Fitting new light fittings

By 'earth wire' I assume you mean the bare ground wire.

Can you tell us a little more about the wiring in your home? How old is the wiring? Is it Knob-and-tube or the more modern plastic coated romex type? Do the outlets in your home all have 3 prongs?

Fencepost
Re: Fitting new light fittings

Note that the orignal poster is in Scotland. Materials, installation methods, and codes may be different than in the United States.

In the English-speaking parts of Europe, what America calls "ground" they call "earth" (when referring to the safety conductor).

bs1976
Re: Fitting new light fittings

Hi, yeah i do mean the bare ground wire. the wiring is 2 core plastic coated wires, with no earth, (ground wire)the old fittings had this wire, but it was connected back onto itself! strnge but true, and it seemed to work ok, but i've tried that, but this time the light is dull and flickers.

Fencepost
Re: Fitting new light fittings

Some fluorescent fixtures need to be grounded to work properly. Adding a ground/earth wire can be done, but it may depend on how your home is constructed. If your home was wired after it was built, you may be able to hook new wires onto the old ones, and use the old ones to pull the new wires thru. Otherwise, it becomes a challenge of fishing wires without leaving behind a big mess to fix.

If you have incandescent or CFL bulbs, the flickering is probably some other issue -- double-check the connections.

dj1
Re: Fitting new light fittings
bs1976 wrote:

Hi, yeah i do mean the bare ground wire. the wiring is 2 core plastic coated wires, with no earth, (ground wire)the old fittings had this wire, but it was connected back onto itself! strnge but true, and it seemed to work ok, but i've tried that, but this time the light is dull and flickers.

Someone once told me how Scotts do electrical wires...but I can't repeat it here...

To sort your wires and do it to your local codes, I would suggest you contact a local contractor for advice. It will be money well spent.

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