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Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by markyyyyyy, 11 Mar 2021.

  1. markyyyyyy

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    Please can someone confirm this is right before proceeding?

    To terminate these earth wires do i terminate them both into the same side of the connector block?

    I will be unwinding them first!

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    I've bought 5amp connector blocks (someone suggested 6 but there was only 5, 15 or 30 in shops)

    There are two earth wires exposed on the led down light (, one from feed in, one from feed out) which I will be sheathing with gren/yellow.
     
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    Told you in your other thread.


    Side by side and under both screws is better.

    One in each end or both in the same end doesn't matter -

    and if the block is bigger than necessary, bend the ends of each wire back on itself for the length of the block.
     
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    Yes, put both in the same end of the connector, and clamp the wires with both screws.

    Best to sleeve each bare wire individually, rather than trying to both wires in one sleeve.

    Be sure to get the grey cable sheath under the cable clamp on the light fitting.
     
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    Hi, sorry yes I know you did but I couldn't make full sense in my head. So basically as long as they go in the blocks that's all needed. Thanks.

    5amp okay to use?
     
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    No need to bend the wire ends over with 5 amp connector blocks.

    (5 amp is perfect.)
     
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    As in the thick grey cable that encases all of the wires? It looks too thick to be clamped under?

    As per yesterday, you say I'm also okay to cut the black cables right back?
     
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    I don't like snipping off unused wires... But I don't think you have much option.

    What makes you think the black wires aren't needed?
     
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    Because the light only has 2 cable connections for each side (in and out)

    What could the black be used for... The lights work as they are currently
     
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    He has either used that cable because that's all he had.

    Or the black was intended to control something else, such as another light on a different switch for example.

    A look in the light switch MAY help confirm if it was intended to be used.
     
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    He connected it all up to my feed to the previous pendant light that was there.

    Seeing how slack he was, I assume its all he had.
     
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    Yes, you're PROBABLY right.
     
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    if the blacks arent connected at the switch you could terminate them with a spare choc block rather than cut them off (you might need them in the future)
     
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    The coloured wire insulation needs to be inside an enclosure, as does any connection block. There is no way to satisfactorily terminate those cables with those light fittings and a separate connector block.

    A proper solution is to buy these:
    https://www.toolstation.com/greenbrook-lighting-connector/p49375
    and some 2 core flex.

    The circuit cables are connected to the part with 4 terminals, and a short piece of 2 core flex connected between the light and the L&N terminals in the other half.
     
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    Untwisting them now will likely weaken the copper causing it to snap, if you have enough cable and the knowledge, restrip the cable back , cut off the crap and reterminate all the cores including the earth to the appropriate length
     
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