Being Dim

1 Mar 2004
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United Kingdom
Hi there...another DIY dunce in need of help.

I've recently recessed lighting and new extractor fans put in my bathroom. However, the sparky I used didn't read the instructions on the box for the dimmable pull cord light switch.

He has basically overloaded the DimPull switch and now my light and fan isn't working.

This weekend, I bought a box standard pull cord and went to change it.

I made a drawing of how it is currently wired thinking that it would be a matter of changing the products over and it would work. But I have discovered that the DimPull switch has 4 places for the wires to go (not including earth), and the standard one only has 3.

Now, can someone out there tell me how to wire it up.

Currently the DimPull switch is wired as follows:

The Blue wire from the light goes in the hole(1) opposite the blue wire from the fan(2).

The red wire from the light goes in the hole(3) opposite the red wire from the fan(4)

Both earth wires go in the hole for earth. (5)

Now...if I were to wire the fan and the light to the standard pull cord with only three holes for the wires, how would I do it? Surely one of the wires would have to go into the same hole...wouldn't they? If should it be wired?

Sorry for being a bit dim (pun intended).

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Saying what's opposite what isn't much help (unless anyone here is familiar with the terminal layout of your particular dimmer switch).

Do none of the terminals on the dimmer or the replacement switch have labels?

But mainly I would say if you paid someone to do it get him to come back in and sort it out....
following on from that, sureley as it was their fault they should pay for a new pull cord dimmer as well. (but only certain motors can be speed controlled)

the least they should do is to put you in a normal pull cord F.O.C.

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