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Help! Self-Inflicted Exploding Bathroom Light

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by George_Glasgow, 6 Apr 2019.

  1. George_Glasgow

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    Hi,

    I have been cleaning my shower room as there was some black mould just starting to develop so thought I would get ahead of it.

    Whilst scrubbing the ceiling in the bathroom with mould and mildew remover I got a bit too close to the light fitting in the centre of the ceiling.

    Anyway, it made a very loud bang, pretty flashing lights and just about frightened me half to death.

    The fitting in question is about 10-12 inches long rectangle with two spotlights off it.

    That was on Thursday so after going downstairs and resetting the fuse box I thought that was the end of it and it would dry out.

    I was at home this morning as I was away Thursday afternoon until late last night (Friday).

    Tried to shower this morning and whilst in the middle of my shower it decided to go bang again and trip the fuse box.

    With my extremely limited electrical knowledge, I am now working on the basis that as there are two spotlights and the lights have gone bang twice I should theoretically be ok until I can get someone to have a look at it properly.

    My question therefore is, can I continue to have the light on whilst showering or should I definitely keep it switched off?

    The reason I ask is on the same light switch I have two bulbs on one of those lit bathroom mirrors so I can use them for light.

    I'm just wondering if I leave the light switch on when I shower tomorrow is it likely to go bang again?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
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  3. magicmushroom666

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    Is it the sort of light fitting that could now be full of water? if so that needs to be dried out before using it again.
     
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  4. George_Glasgow

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    I think what has happened is I have been too close when I was cleaning the ceiling with a kitchen scourer (the ones with a scourer on the top and a sponge underneath) and I could possible have pushed some of the mould and mildew remover excess liquid into the side of the attachment that has the spotlights attached to it when I have compressed the sponge to scrub.

    In retrospect, having the lights switched on whilst I was cleaning around it maybe wasn't the best idea to begin with.
     
  5. chivers67

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    Doesn't sound like the light is suitable for a bathroom. Is it IP rated?
     
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    Need photo's..... you have permission to take vertical photo's with your phone for this. :)
     
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    What IP rating is required fo rthe bathroom?
     
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    Obviously it depends on the Zone.

    At the Very Least IPX4 or IPX5 if it is to be exposed to water jets - for cleaning purposes, from my understanding. I could post more details if the OP needs more guidance.
     
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    So IP65 shoud be good enough?
     
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    Trouble is the Sylvania IP65 fitting I'm refering to have a hole for the cable entry and 6 screw holes. 4 of 6 fittings have failed within a year where they get so wet the LED PCB's are failing due to electrolysis.
     
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